the backyard vegetable


Welcome to the backyard vegetable!






Why not have a go at growing your own fresh food?


It's easier than you think!  


We work with you to give you the skills to get

started with your own vegie patch.


Ongoing support, on line or in person, is

available to help you become self sufficient in

managing your patch season by season.


Contact us


Note: planting and harvest times are based

on conditions in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.




Summer is well underway...



Plums are a summer highlight. Greengage plums (shown above) are small but deliciously sweet and

aromatic. You won't find them in the shops, so grow them yourself. As plum trees go they are not a

large tree. They do need a pollinator - try Prune D'Agen or Golden Gage.


Sow in February:  beetroot, broccoli, broad beans, cabbage,

carrots (some varieties), coriander,dill, kale, leek, lettuce, mustards,

parsnip, radish, rocket, parsley, silverbeet, spring onions, swedes, turnips.


Plant: potatoes, garlic



For more details, see:   Season by Season: Late Summer 


Harvesting now:  tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, beans, broccoli, cabbage, kale, parsley, mustards,

silverbeet, lettuce, plums, citrus (still some fruit on the Honey Murcott mandarin and the lemon trees).


Pumpkins are filling out but not yet ready to pick.



Too many zucchinis?


See our ideas in:   Season by Season: Late Summer




What else is new??

the backyard vegetable is on facebook!

 




Why grow your own vegies??


Home grown vegetables are fresh, involve minimal food miles and,

compared to commercially grown food, use less water and fewer pesticides.

For taste, nothing beats home grown produce.

Freshly picked vegetables and herbs have higher levels of vitamins and antioxidants.

Even a small vegetable patch in a backyard can be highly productive.

(With good conditions one tomato plant can produce up to 10kg of fruit over many weeks.)


Options for small spaces like balconies are possible,

as are small raised beds, if that is what you need.





We often recommend a no-dig garden as a good way to start a food garden:             

  • it is easy to set up on an unused patch of lawn or garden                      
  • it is easy to convert back to lawn whenever you want to
  • it is easy to add to if you want to grow more
  • it is suitable for rental properties
  • it is a good way to involve children in food gardening






The photos on this website are from an ordinary back (and front) yard in the

eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

During the year of 2012 this yard produced more than 590kg of food, with a

value of almost $1800 (prices based on conventional produce from our local

greengrocer.  Organic prices would be at least double that.)


For 2013  the garden has produced over 430kg of food, plus nearly 19 dozen

eggs, with a total value of more than $1900.

Despite having an intensively gardened property, our average mains water

use is 90 - 95 litres per person per day because we use rainwater and grey water,

and because the soil is very rich in organic matter. 

The gardener juggles family responsibilities and work as well, so producing

these amounts of food is clearly not a full time occupation.


Our backyards are valuable!










 

 


A website re-vamp is underway,

 and hopefully it is an easier read.


Updated 23.2.15
 

 

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