Sometimes, it's definitely good to know how to grow specific vegetables. Trial and error could take years, but a little bit of advice goes a long way. Browse through our tips on growing organic vegetables and herbs here in Perth, Western Australia.
Beetroots come in all shapes and sizes today but the most common is the round deep red coloured beets. They also come in different colours – yellow, white and candy striped. If you have not grown beetroot before, start with a variety that is easy to grow such as Detroit. You can progress to some of the more exotic varieties later such as Chioggia and Cylindria.
Sweet potatoes originate from tropical central and South America, but they grow very well year round in Perth (unless you happen to live in frost prone areas. In colder regions, they can still be grown throughout the warmer months.)
Things like water cress, Lebanese cress, kang kong (water spinach), water chestnuts, edible taro, water parsley, water mint can be a great addition to your garden, and extend the range of greens you have available over summer. At a pinch, these are also worth growing in self watering pots, if you don’t have room for a pond.
One of the most rewarding plants a new gardener can try is Silverbeet! Reasonably quick to produce and easy to grow, you'll be able to regularly harvest your own healthy greens for months! Learn here a little more about growing this versatile vegie!
Are you growing peas this year? Peas are perfect to grow through Autumn/Winter and early Spring - they don't like our hot summers. A great plant to grow for kids - they'll LOVE picking and eating the peas fresh from the vine.
I personally like their nutty flavour, and creamy consistency. In my opinion, they are worth a try! They will be available in fruit & veg shops early winter, and grow very easily from the tubers you buy.
One of the most lovely vegies you can grow in your garden is a Globe Artichoke. These are tough survivors; needing minimal water, and although plants die off in late summer after flowering, they come back every spring...
Who can resist the gorgeous fragrant taste of passionfruit? These plants are surprisingly easy to grow in WA - if you follow a few simple rules and provide their ideal growing environment. They can be planted almost year round - but spring is ideal. Definitely worth a try! Enjoy...
As part of a permaculture system, having chooks is a fantastic way to go. They supply you with eggs, help get rid of food scraps which may otherwise simply go in the bin, and produce manure which (when allowed to age) is fantastic to use on your garden to feed your plants! It's worthwhile growing some greens and special herbs for your chooks to keep them happy and healthy.
It always amazes me how many people claim they don’t like Broad Beans – I always think this is a shame; they must have been introduced to those massive, tough things you find in the shops, not tasty, tender home grown beans.
Being a perennial plant, asparagus is a very rewarding addition to your vegetable garden. Asparagus plants are dormant over winter, which is when the mature crowns can be divided and replanted. Asparagus can also be grown from seed (sown in spring) and is available as seedlings most of the year. The advantage of planting crowns is that you have a more mature plant...