Skip Nav
Biggest Reasons People Don't See Results in Workout Class
Fitness Motivation
A Trainer Gets Brutally Honest About Why You Aren't Seeing Results
What Is Adenomyosis?
Period Health
If You Have Endometriosis, You Could Also Have Adenomyosis
Jillian Michaels Tips For Gaining Muscle
Trainer Tips
Jillian Michaels Says Losing Weight and Building Muscle Isn’t About How Often You Work Out, It’s This

6 Steps to a Successful Veggie Patch

6 Steps to a Successful Veggie Patch!


Playing farmer in your own backyard can be a little tricky if you haven't been blessed with a green thumb. If you've attempted a veggie patch only to find your roots were perhaps not properly sewn, we've got good news for you. Annabel Langbein of Lifestyle Food's The Free Range Cook: Simple Pleasures, has six tips to veggie patch success! Keep reading.

  1. It all starts with the soil. Preparing your patch with compost, sheep pellets and lime gives you the foundation to grow great plants.
  2. Plant crops you like to eat, and if you are short on space, choose veggies that might be expensive to buy. Think about what you want to harvest when and work backwards — some crops take much longer than others, and lots will only grow at certain times of the year. It's also really annoying if your beans, zucchinis and corn are all ripe and ready to harvest exactly when you are away for Summer holidays.
  3. Water is the key to ensuring steady growth and good flavour. Under-watered crops won’t flourish and lettuces and salad greens get bitter if the plants are allowed to become too dry.
  4. Be diligent about bug management. There’s nothing more frustrating than having an army of slugs march through your garden and gobble all your seedlings overnight. There are lots of natural pest management products out there now to deal with slugs and white butterflies.
  5. Even if you aren’t planning to eat it right away, you are better to harvest a crop when it is in peak condition, rather than leave it to start to go to seed or get over-ripe.
  6. And one more thing! You don’t have to have a garden to grow your own greens. Even in an apartment there’s always room for a planter on the balcony or a few pots on the windowsill. Planting microgreens seeds in small containers every couple of weeks is a great way to ensure a steady supply of lovely fresh greens wherever you live.

The Free Range Cook: Simple Pleasures airs on July 2 at 7.30pm on LifeStyle Food, or visit abc.net.au to purchase the book 

Image Source: Shutterstock
More from POPSUGAR
From Our Partners
Personal Essay on Using Exercise to Treat Depression
Oral Allergy Syndrome Foods
Stop Saying Exercise Can Cure Depression
Why You Should Try to Eat Vegan For a Week
21-Day Keto Diet Experiment
Should I Track My Food?
How Does Whole30 Affect Anxiety?
Can You Drink Too Much Water?
Jillian Michaels Beginner Fitness Advice
Self Care Tips
What Happens If You Drink Turmeric Every Day?
Stress Is a Major Trigger For IBS
From Our Partners
Latest Health & Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds