Vegie patch makeover

As autumn edges closer, it’s the perfect time to give your vegie patch some love in preparation for winter crops.

Here are five jobs to get started on.

Pull up stumps
As the summer crops finish, it’s time to be ruthless and pull them out to make way for planting your winter vegies.

Compost, compost, compost
Add compost or well-rotted manure and organic fertiliser to your beds and make sure you fork and rake them in.

Plan your winter crop
Winter is a great time for brassicas, such as cabbage, cauliflower, as well as peas, the perfect companion to a roast.

Hot tip
In some areas, conditions are still too warm for planting winter vegies in the ground. Instead you can start sowing seeds in punnets or pots.

Don’t forget the herbs
Autumn is the time to sow seed of coriander, oregano and tarragon.

Grab the March issue for plenty more practical tips and advice on vegie patches from our horticultural editor, Phil Dudman, including pointers on growing in containers, the ‘no dig’ method and how to improve soil quality and drainage.