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Published May 23rd 2020
Grow your own food this winter
Has isolation seen you become a bit of a green thumb? While the weather has gotten a little bit gloomy across Australia, that doesn't mean you can't keep preoccupied with a little herb or veggie garden of your own. You won't need to worry about supermarket shortages when your food is in your own backyard.
Whether it's brown, red, white, shallot, or any of the other wonderful varieties of this versatile vegetable, you'll be pleased to know that it is a wonderful vegetable to start growing in winter. Start planting in early winter to see their full potential, and just make sure their soil is well drained to see them grow by late spring.
Another vegetable that can be grown in the colder months is carrot. While they don't love extremes – either hot or cold, if you're dealing with a Melbourne winter, you can probably still grow some carrots. Carrots grow in a plenty – so make sure you throw in plenty of packet seeds into your garden bed and watch them grow with a bit of TLC.
Whether you love it or hate it, there's no denying that coriander is a fantastic herb to start growing in the colder months. Coriander needs soil that is below 20degrees Celsius, which is perfect for the southern states of Australia that stay fairly consistently under that number throughout winter.
The best time to start growing leeks is late winter, so add leek to your veggie garden around August. Start by growing your leeks in a pot or tray, before moving them to a garden bed when the time is right. They thrive in wetter climate, and need very minimal attention.
Whilst you might not see as much growth during the wintery months, Thyme is definitely a staple you can add to your winter herb garden. Plant in winter and see it really start to grow as it warms up – but it will generally survive the colder months and be ready to go for your Spring dishes.
If you thought growing herbs and vegetables was strictly a spring-time activity, never fear! These herbs and vegetables are perfect for you to begin your own herb or veggie garden.