When it comes to caring for your food garden, Vital Veggies, Roger & Sally have all the answers

What should we be doing to keep our food gardens growing and producing?

Watering – not too much, not too little. When it’s not raining, your veggie garden needs watering daily

Sprayers for germinating seeds – newly planted seeds need light, misting watering to ensure seeds are not washed away.

Pest and disease control – it is vital to keep any pest or disease outbreaks under control. A well feed plant will have a higher tolerance to pest and disease attacks

To weed or not to weed? – weeds are often and indication of specific low nutrient levels (eg lots of thistles = low calcium). Making sure you have a well-balanced soil will reduce the weed population. Plus, never waste a pulled weed, add it to your compost bin, it is loaded with nutrients.

Removing dead leaves – dead leaves and stems can harbor pest and disease. Cut off and dispose.

Pruning – once plants have fruited, cut back to encourage new growth.

Stakes and supports – keeping climbing plants tied and upright means they are exposed to more sun, and more sun means more produce.

For more great food growing information, head to the Vital Veggies website






About The Author

In the Garden is an exciting new local South Australian TV program on Channel 9 this Summer & next Autumn showcasing the best ‘green’ stories this state has to tell. Check out the latest in garden trends, new plants and top tips to keep those gardens blooming.