8th July - Wirrapunga Vegetable Patch

onions & garlic


When we retired we planned thirty years of healthy, happy retirement, and decided a necessary pre-requisite of this was to grow our own vegetables.

Our vege patch therefore is not about having wonderful exotic edibles, but about growing the vegetables that we eat everyday.

Our vegetable garden consists of eighteen raised beds each 2 square metres in area, as well as a larger 14 square metre bed for growing things like pumpkins and zuchinis.

We also have a small glass-house for growing our seedlings for our vege garden as well as our indigenous garden.

Our vegetables are grown organically. Our weeds, including the weedings from the indigenous garden, are composted and allows us the luxury of adding about 10 cm of compost to our beds each year.

A strict crop rotation is practised. Written records are kept. As soon as a crop has finished producing it is replanted within days.

Much planning has gone into designing a planting regime which delivers the veges fresh for dinner each day, 365 days of the year, without the need for preserving.

Habitat is supplied for skinks and frogs, both of which abound in our garden.


Seed Planting Schedule

January          Beans (staggered planting), potato (tubers), silver beet, sweet corn

February        Cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, parsnips

March            Broccoli, snow peas, onion (barletta)

April               Garlic, potato (tubers)

May                Broad beans, cabbage, cauliflower

June                Onion (odourless), peas

July                 Broccoli, onion (red), potato (tubers)

August            Carrot, onion (cream gold), pumpkin, tomato, zucchini

September     Cabbage, cauliflower

October          Potato (tubers)

November      Broccoli, brussels sprouts, bush beans, cabbage, cauliflower, leeks,
sweet corn

December       Sweet corn


Harvesting Schedule:

Note:               Garlic, onions, potatoes and pumpkins are stored and last all year.
Broccoli, carrots and silver beet are harvested, as required, all year.

January          Cabbage, tomato, zucchini

February        Tomato, zucchini

March            Beans, cauliflower, sweet corn, tomato, zucchini

April               Beans, cabbage, cauliflower, tomato, zucchini

May                Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, sweet corn

June                Brussels Sprouts, parsnips

July                 Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, parsnip

August            Cabbage, cauliflower, parsnips, peas

September     Cauliflower, parsnips, peas

October          Broad beans, peas

November      Broad beans, peas

December       Broad beans, cabbage, peas, zucchini