So I have always wanted a vegetable garden, on and off I have tried growing various things tomatoes, chillies, capsicums etc. never all that successfully… my husband and I would like to be able to grow all our own vegetables and we have the space but the time seems to allude us at the moment… we have however planted 4 tomato plants (2 Cherry and 2 Grosse Lisse) so far we are keeping them alive and managed to get our very first, very tiny cherry tomato…
Anyone have any tips for successful vegetable growing or a particular gardening style eg. aqua ponics, wicking beds, raised beds etc.

Posted by Lori-Anne, 17th January 2016

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  • Although our theory is not scientific at all we have just tried different varieties of different plants in different places until they grew. We are time poor but like to potter so this worked for us. Our garden at the moment is full of silverbeet, capsicums and chills. We have also had beetroot, beans and lettuce this season.

    • That sounds like an awesome veggie garden you have there. I think we will try to establish more varieties once our baby is born. At the moment I am very exhausted just handling what we have. Not long now.


  • Indeed I found the Vegepod is a container garden which can be raised up on supports – but comes with the best bit – a net cover on a frame with built-in micro watering sprays. Excess water can be wicked up by the plants from the base. I love knowing the soil is suitable for vegetables rather than planting in the backyard soil. I plan to get another one so my strawberries won’t be eaten overnight.

    • The Veggie Pod looks awesome going to Google them to check them out further… depending on cost may look at buying or making something similar.


  • Cheers for the tips… potatoes certainly sound easy to grow… when things settle down a bit in our household we will get started on the garden and share photos with you.


  • I use seasol on my vegetables and they love it with water and they grow great two years in a row I’ve had a great amount veggies. It’s great going into your garden and pick veggies to put in your meals…you can grow your own potatoes it is easy to put potatoes that have stalks growing on them and plant them water them after around three months they will start to grow plants that’s when you put more dirt on them and when they sprout again you repeat with dirt the more dirt on the sprout/s the more potatoes you will get. Hope this might help you happy gardening xx


  • yeah we grew lovely strawberries and then the birds ate them all! i know that you crush up eggs shells and spread them around the garden to stop any snails.


  • I’m afraid we’re with you – good intentions but never seem to find the time.


  • Just be careful of insects/pests that may eat your fruits. We had a cherry tomato once and the birds seem to eat it and hardly any grown and we were told to put a mesh net around it and it was much better . We have a lemon tree that seems to last for life. Just make sure with any fruits that you keep an eye out when ripen and pick it off soon otherwise they fall on the floor and rot .

    • Cheers. Thank goodness the birds haven’t touched our tomatoes so far… probably should net them…
      We do have an apple tree and because my husband didn’t prune it at the end of last session we had to purposely drop some fruit so the rest would grow properly… which is a bummer….


  • My toddler and I started our first vegetable garden last year. We made it an organic garden. Our beds are slightly raised. We have successfully grown and eaten, carrots, spring onions, squash, beans and peas. Have some pumpkins and capsicum almost ready. We are also trying celery, watermelon. Just give it a go. Good on you for trying

    • Thankyou for the encouragement… sounds like an awesome garden you have going there… I am also interested in regrowing vegetables and fruits from scraps… apparently quite easy.


  • yeah i just water them and hope they live lol. congrats on your tomatoes


  • Preparation is the key ingredient to a good vegie garden. Prepare the beds and care for the beds daily.

    • Yes, I also feed mine a mix of seaweed extract and liquid fertiliser each week.

      • Cheers Ladies. Will keep these suggestions in mind…
        My 13 year old Stepson wants to do a vegetable garden too… so it will be a fun project to do together.


  • Dwarf beans are super easy is grow – no supports required. Pumpkins are great too – don’t forget to cut the long runners to increase flowering and fruiting. Sweet corn also makes a fun crop – grow them close together. Have fun andenjoy your crops. We grow ours in and around garden beds as they have similar nutrient requirements. Mulching also helps. We don’t pull out spent crops, just cut off near the base – the roots become mulch. Save seeds too for next season.

    • Thankyou for your great tips… Definitely some information I can use in my garden… :-)


  • This is the very tiny cherry tomato. I ate it… it was slightly tart but tasty.

    • A cute little tomato – good luck with your garden!


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