Spring is in the air and now is the perfect time to be preparing to grow a few vegetables.  Whether you have room for a large or small veggie garden or just a few pots, I would encourage you to give it a go. My garden is exploding with flowers at the moment and the bees are working overtime.  I spent quite a bit of time on the weekend outside, enjoying all the beautiful blooms and getting stuck into preparing my garden beds for more planting.  I dug out lots of chicken manure from the chicken run and dug it into some of the empty garden beds as well as digging over all the empty garden beds, ready to be planted out in the next few weeks.

Beautiful fresias
Beautiful fresias
Flowering plum tree in full bloom near my veggie garden.
Flowering plum tree in full bloom near my veggie garden.
Spinach, cabbage, beetroot and endive in an early spring garden.
Spinach, cabbage, beetroot and endive in an early spring garden.

This year I kept planting throughout the winter and it has worked wonderfully.  The weather where I live is quite temperate so I experimented with planting spinach, endive, lettuce, beetroot, cabbage and radish right through the winter.  The result has been that we have had a steady harvest all through the winter.  If you live in a temperate climate I would encourage you to try planting a little each few weeks so that you have a succession of vegetables to harvest. Over the next few weeks I will plant out more of the spring type planting such as corn, beans, tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, zucchini and so on.

If you are thinking about starting a veggie patch, I would encourage you to take the leap and give it a go. Even if all you can do is plant up a few pots with some herbs, it is really worth the effort. My advice would be to start small, and build up over time rather than jumping in and overwhelming yourself. There are some tips here on getting started here.

One day's harvest from the winter garden - sweet potatoe, tomatoes, endive, radish and eggs!
One day’s harvest from the winter garden – sweet potatoe, tomatoes, endive, radish and eggs!