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Time for winter vegies

Winter Vegies

April’s an important changeover month in the vegie patch. Summer crops are coming to an end and the winter crops are taking over.

What you can grow in your garden is very much governed by your climate. In really warm areas, this is planting time for warmth-loving vegies such as tomatoes and beans. But, in colder regions, these are coming to an end. As the summer crops finish, pull out the spent plants, add them to the compost or dig them into the soil. This is especially important with legume-family plants like beans because they’ll add extra nitrogen to the soil.

Things move slowly

As the weather cools, plants grow much more slowly, so patience will be required. But there’s no reason why you can’t continue to grow good vegetables right through the cooler months.

Follow crop rotation

Crop rotation is a complicated-sounding term for a fairly simple practice. The idea is that when you are planting a new crop, you choose a variety that is unrelated and unlike what was grown there immediately before. Hence, if you are removing tomatoes (a fruiting plant) replace them with, say, something leafy like lettuce. Beans (a legume) can be followed by carrots (a root vegetable). The reasoning behind this is that certain types of plants use up more of a particular nutrient. And, as well, making regular changes helps prevent the build-up of diseases in the soil.

If you have the space, it’s a good idea to leave part of the vegie garden empty so it has a rest over winter. Dig in some organic matter (old manure or compost) and don’t replant until the next season.

What to grow

Here are some vegies that enjoy growing during the cool weather:


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