Vegetable garden ideas for your home
Summer is almost in full swing, which means sunshine and longer days - perfect conditions for open inspections when selling a house.
If you're wondering how to make your property stand out and appeal to buyers, have you considered creating a vegetable garden for your home?
If your home doesn't have a lot of space in the backyard, you might want to think about creating a raised bed garden. This allows you to make the most of the space you have while also keeping your plants off the ground, away from pests like cats.
You can choose a base out of cement, rocks or lawn lined with weed mat - whichever is your preference.
Depending on the size and depth you select, you can grow many different types of vegetables and plants - even root veggies!
As raised gardens are off the ground, you'll need to ensure they stay adequately watered - otherwise they can easily dry up in the summer heat.
Place raised garden beds in areas that see both sun and shade during the day so plants can get a healthy dose of sunlight.
Digging up a veggie patch is a great idea if you have room for it. It might be a bit of a hard and dirty job, but the reward of enjoying fresh produce from your own backyard is well worth it.
Check the quality of the soil in the ground and mix in some fresh compost if needed. This will give your veggies a boost of essential nutrients and also retain water in the ground.
To ensure your plants don't become waterlogged, fluff up the soil before planting so the water can drain freely through it.
Since your veggie patch will be on the ground, it's likely you'll have worms living in your soil. This means you can use a compost bin to provide food and nutrients for your worms too.
Which vegetables to choose
Radishes, potatoes and carrots are always great options to select in seasons without frosty temperatures, but make sure you sow them before it gets too warm, or else they could bolt.
Some summer favourites include strawberries, green beans, capsicum, tomato and other vine crops, eggplant, sweetcorn and chilli. These will need to be sown in early summer or late spring for the best results.
For shadier patches, consider planting lettuces and other types of greens - remember to keep them well watered so they don't go to seed.