You don’t need to be a health fanatic to love the idea of having your own organic space for a veggie patch.

If you’ve always wanted to create a veggie patch or an edible garden,  but weren’t sure how, we’ve got you covered!

Before you start creating a veggie patch or herb garden you need to think about the space you have in the garden and how big you want to make it, for maintenance and time considerations.

The first thing you’ll need to organise is a garden bed, if you don’t already have one, here are some helpful steps:

1. Choose an area that will get sunlight and is not near roots for large trees or shrubs.
2. Mark the area you would like to use and dig it out, making sure to only remove the top layer of grass so it doesn’t grow back over the soil.
3. Prepare the soil by adding compost, organic matter and manure and churning the soil with a fork. Add plant tonic and slow release fertiliser.
4. Add the garden edging to keep the garden contained.
5. It’s good to leave the garden bed for two weeks before planting your veggies or herbs.

When it comes to planting your garden you have two choices, seeds or seedlings.

Seeds are cost effective and are great if you have patience, as they can take a long time to grow.

The quicker option is to plant seedling, which will create an instant garden.

The fun part can be choosing what will go in your garden, which can depend on your tastes and the time of year. For summer, why not try these plants that will thrive in the hot weather:

Beetroot, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, celery, cucumber, endive, lettuce, parsnips, radish, silver beet, squash, sweet corn or tomatoes.

The back of seeds and seedling packets will have planting instructions, generally seeds should be planting in a row than covered with soil and seedling separately in small holes with soil firmly pressed around the plant.

After you’ve planted your veggiepatch or herb garden, water them and keep an eye out on their growth.

If you’re worried about nasty pests getting into your yummy produce, planting herbs can deter them and give you some extra produce for dinner time:

Basil – protects tomatoes from disease and insects
Horseradish – controls potato bugs and encourages more disease-resistant potatoes
Thyme – deters cabbage worms and whitefly
Chives – prevents mildew, deters green flies, and repels aphids
Catnip – controls flea beetles

Happy gardening!  Let us know what your successes and failures have been with your veggie patch or herb garden.