Veg Garden

There are many ways to grow food. Some of the ways include using terracotta pots, plastic containers, boarder beds, wooden or steel framed raised beds, hydroponicsimproving existing soils with organic matter and of course commercial food producers on large scale broad acre farms.

Below are some Videos of how we grow food in our Vegetable Garden

* How to grow Onions from Planting to Harvest & Storage
* How to Grow Garlic - from Planting to Harvest & Storage
* How to grow Carrots - from seed
* Sowing Seeds - how to start seeds in pots using potting mix
* Garlic Beds - 5 types of Garlic growing
* Vegetable Garden - walk through

You can also find us on facebook at Grow your own food

In our garden we use the old fashioned method of improving existing soils by adding organic matter such as animal manures and leaves etc and then allowing the soil to rest after each harvest.. Below is a collection of photo showing the initial setup in 2007. The beds had many tonnes of grass-fed cow poo placed onto them to improve fertility, soil structure and water holding capacity.

* The grassy looking growth is actually wheat that sprung from the straw ... I allowed it to grow and then harvested it for the chooks.

These links may be helpful in your own garden. (Please Note: I have no affiliation with the following links or companies)

Organic soil improvement
Gardening Australia
Raised beds
Australian Soil Club
Soil Preparation WA Governemnt
Green houses
Gardening accessories
Broad Acre Farming
Advice For Crop Producers

This is a list of some of the many seed suppliers on-line from small organic suppliers, medium sized companies and multinational corporations.
Green Harvest
Diggers Club
Online Australia
Eden Seeds
Yates Seeds
Mr fothergill Seeds
and of course GM Seed production & Crops ... (Currently in Australia GM seeds are only available to broad acre farmers)

These are some of the books I've used in the creation of our garden. I take the info I need and use what works for me.

CSIRO - Gardening Down Under by Kevin Hendreck
Growing Media by Kevin Hendreck
Gardening Australia's Flora
booktopia online - The Complete book of Fruit Growing in Australia Store - Yates Garden Guide

Below are a few photos showing some of the foods we grow in our back yard year after year by improving existing soils and using nothing more than grass-fed animal manure, mulched up leaves, and a bit of Blood & Bone plus the residue of spent plants. Over time I will share with you some of the techniques we use to grow & keep our own food

We live in an area that's classed as  "Cold Climate" where winter temps can drop to a bone chilling minus -8 degrees Celsius with heavy frosts and snow and then Summer time temps reaching , at times, a blistering 42 degrees Celsius with hot westerly winds.

The conditions are challenging so we plant in Spring and harvest in Summer through to Autumn (except for garlic which grows during the winter months). We plant the same things each year and once everything is harvested  it is processed by freezing, drying, bottling or storing. We usually end up with enough produce to last us through the winter months until the growing season starts again for another year.

I use 2 large freezers & 2 fridge/freezers to keep the frozen veg such as Corn, Beans, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots etc. The Tomatoes & Apricots are bottled, some of the Plums are dried and turned into prunes and the pumpkins, potatoes and onions are stored out the back room. The Apples are stored in the 2nd fridge. Some of the onions and pumpkins are turned into soup

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