Grow Your Own Produce
HOW TO START
A backyard food garden is a great, cost-effective way to eat nutrient-rich foods! Seeds and seedlings can be found at your local hardware store or some supermarket. Organic seeds are available in selected organic green grocers. Or, ask friends and family who grow herbs and vegetables for some seeds from their crops.
WHAT HERBS TO START WITH?
Below is a list of easy-to-grow herbs:
Parsley – Spring is a great time to plant parsley seeds or seedlings, but you can plant parsley in summer or autumn too. It can be potted or planted in the garden.
Sage – this is one that prefers a dry environment, so be careful not to over-water. It should be grown in full sun.
Rosemary – once established, this herb will survive on natural rainfall. Rosemary can be found abundantly in local parks and nature strips in and around Adelaide.
Mint – the invader! This one should be grown only in a pot, as it spreads like wild fire!
Coriander – grows best during autumn, winter and spring, but can be grown in summer (it will just go to seed very quickly). It likes a sunny spot and regular watering.
Oregano – grows well in full sun or part shade, in pots or the garden. It does not require a great deal of watering.
Chives – can be grown in pots or the garden. They thrive in full sun, but will grow almost anywhere.
WHAT VEGETABLES TO START WITH?
Below is a list of easy-to-grow vegetables:
- Broad Beans
- Cherry tomatoes
- Green beans
- Spring Onion
CREATE A NUTRIENT-RICH SOIL
As well as using manure, there are simple ways to enrich your soil with Magnesium and Calcium; both of which are important for growing children and adults alike. Simply mix Epsom Salts and Egg Shell powder into the soil. Epsom Salts are available from most Health Food stores or online. To make the Egg Shell powder, simply dry out used egg shells, place into a food processor and blitz on high until finely crushed. Mix these two powders into the soil before or after planting seeds or seedlings.