Winter Vegetables and Organic Wine
Jun 26, 2019
Living an organic life doesn’t have to be tricky, in fact, it’s all about knowing what to buy, where to source it, and what to grow, when.
A quick stroll through your local farmers market will show you what produce to grow and eat each season. In South Australia our Adelaide Farmers Market, Adelaide Central Market and our local Willunga Farmers Market are heaving with locally-grown veggies from broccoli and brussels sprouts, to bok choy, choy sum - so no matter what your tastes are there’s something for everyone.
GROW YOUR OWN
If you plan ahead, you can also grow your own organic veggies. Before sowing your bounty, make sure you choose the right plants for your climate. The Diggers Club has some great nationwide advice on this. It’s also a great place to buy heirloom seedlings and seeds or take part in a gardening workshop.
Living products are available when in season, while vegetable and herb seeds are available all year-round. You can visit The Diggers Club at Adelaide Botanic Garden, Heronswood Gardens nursery and restaurant on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, The Garden of St Erth in central Victoria, Cloudhill in the Dandenong Ranges, and at Canberra’s Heritage Nursery.
Eden Seeds is another great source of traditional, open-pollinated vegetable seeds. They sell non-hybrid, heirloom varieties that have not been chemically treated or genetically engineered.
Before planting your little beauties, your soil needs to contain the highest content of organic matter possible. A good, green way to go about this is to grow your own green manure crop. The Diggers Club provides a free, instructional download on how to make one.
Gardening Australia also offers instructions on how to make your own organic fertiliser and compost. Work these into the soil before you sow your seeds or plant seedlings. If your garden and soil is challenging, a no-dig garden bed is an option. This can be built on top of an existing bed, lawn, or hard concrete or brick surfaces.
To plant a seed, push it into the soil (twice the depth of the seed), and water it well. Keep the soil moist until the seedling emerges (this can take up to three weeks). Make sure you keep insects at bay. Practicing organic pest control (growing complementary plants near each other) is a good way to do this – the environmentally friendly way.
You’ll get the best results if edible plants are in the full sun. Make sure you water them regularly.
SIMPLE WINTER RECIPES
You’ve grown your vegetables, now it’s time to eat them. Here are a few of our favourite winter vegetable recipes.
Want to learn more about growing your own veg?