It’s Planting Time in the Naturopath’s Garden.
As the weather cools and the rain finally arrives, making it perfect to get planting the winter vegetable garden under way and get the remainder of the garden weeded, and fed.
This season my mini vegetable garden will focus on planting fresh greens for 1-2 people. Along with what I hope to be a bumper strawberry crop! The Bananas are producing nicely. It’s amazing how much can be produced from a small backyard.
The new lemon tree has a big lemon are thriving with the rain, as is the capsicum plant. The choko is flowering but yet to set it’s first fruit of the season.
Herbs that thrive in my garden include Rosemary (great for roast vegetables, tea, lamb roast) Lemon Grass (used in curry, a refreshing tea that aids digestion and is calming) Mint, (add to water, tea – digestion, sauce) chives, shallots, curry leaf tree, coriander (leaves for salad, garnish on curry, roots to flavor curry).
To this collection I am planting Bok Choy, Cabbage, Snow peas (seed), Rocket and lettuce that will be picked as baby leaves.
To keep everything thriving,those established as well as the new plantings, I use organic fertilizer like dynamic lifter. Lot’s of mulch and water as needed. Currently we are having daily downpours so the water is taken care of.
Having some fresh greens to pick daily, such as lettuce and rocket is a great addition to a healthy nutritional plan, and given there is just myself most of the time as my partner works away a lot. Having a stock of fresh is challenging. Most greens will grow in pots, particularly lettuce, spinach, herbs and rocket..and even tomato. Squash such a zuccinni tend to get way too big…and need space to spread out. They also don’t like the cold very much.