General information about growing vegetables

Homegrown vegetables or food gardens are not only fast becoming fashion, but also an affordable way to feed the family. Homegrown always tastes and looks better. Vegetables can be grown in containers, or in a small garden. They also make for a beautifully textured look interplanted with seedlings. They can be enjoyed year-round with endless seasonal varieties to keep you growing. In winter:  cabbage, beetroot, radishes, carrots, kale, cauliflower, celery, peppers, spinach and broccoli will fill your pots. In summer you can look forward to aubergine, courgettes, Swiss chard , lettuce, tomatoes, onions, maize (mielies) and green beans. These are all just a quick mention and we have not even touched Autumn or Spring vegetables! Today nearly every imaginable vegetable variety is readily available and in season from your local nursery to plant and enjoy in your own garden year round. Be sure to ask your local nursery what organic pesticides to use for bugs. Go green, go organic.

Growing tips for vegetables:

  • Prepare your vegetable garden with compost, superphosphate and bone meal.
  • Most vegetables like to grow in sunny spots so make sure you choose the right spot in your garden for optimum growth and performance.
  • In suburban gardens make sure that vegetables get morning sun and afternoon shade.
  • Our summer sun is very hot in the afternoons so keep this in mind when placing your containers or preparing the vegetable garden.
  • In winter make sure that your vegetable seedlings get afternoon sunlight, as the sun is very low.  
  • Vegetable seedlings perform best when watered in the morning. Like us humans, they don’t like wet feet when going to sleep.
  • Remember, go green, go organic on pesticides. Ask your nursery specialist for the best products to use.