How to build a veggie garden in your Canberra home this winter

There are two points every Canberran really should know. You do not flip your heater on right up until Anzac Working day and you do not plant your tomatoes right until Melbourne Cup day.

 At least that is according to Tim Corby, the improvement supervisor for the Googong township, who is also responsible for overseeing the suburb’s landscaping. 

We’re perfectly and truly into the frosty mornings that arguably make Canberra well known in winter season. And whilst I discover them endearing at very first, there will come a time I get started counting down the times to spring. 

With the hotter time on our minds, it’s also time to start off contemplating about preparing our gardens. But this year it feels distinct. The price tag of residing is soaring, and the price tag of fruit and vegetables is rising sharply. Not to point out, sustainable living solutions seem a lot more appealing than at any time.

Jumping Creek
New inhabitants to Googong could perhaps plant a new veggie garden in their very own yard.

Corby has some recommendations on how to start out that veggie patch in Canberra. 

“It’s truly crucial that you get your part right and choose a spot for your vegetable garden that receives the most solar all through the day – at the very least six hours,” describes Corby. 

“I find that with any fantastic landscape style, it is best to sit in your house for a handful of months to perform out items like in which the shadows are, no matter whether there are any wind tunnelling effects, regardless of whether the rain blows in a selected way but is shielded by up coming door’s roof line. Issues you may not be ready to anticipate until you live them.”

Once you’ve picked out the space, Corby suggests that instead than digging down into the dust and operating challenging to amend the soil you have, build it up as a substitute.

Lights is an vital element to look at when setting up a vegetable yard. Image: iStock

“It’s significantly less complicated for a quantity of reasons. We have a ton of large clay written content in our ground close to Canberra, which isn’t suitable for increasing vegetables,” clarifies Corby. 

“Water and roots really don’t transfer by way of it perfectly, it is complicated to unlock nutrition and really hard to dig. So, instead than making an attempt to change that soil, it is considerably easier to invest in a nutrient-dense soil mix and pour it right on prime.”

Having a elevated vegetable backyard garden also can make it less difficult for anyone to have a tendency to it, no matter their age.

“It’s a quite intensive job that needs a ton of treatment, so boosting the backyard can make it a lot less difficult than possessing to bend down to floor amount. I’d also suggest hoping to continue to keep it closer to the door if achievable, so it is more accessible. It also tends to make it quick to operate out and decide on some fresh new herbs or greens when you are cooking.”

Possessing a lifted vegetable backyard garden also can make it simpler for any person to start off their inexperienced thumb. Picture: Yuliya Ivanova

Upcoming on Corby’s listing of factors is drinking water. 

“There are a few unique designs of watering, but I like to use a blend of micro-sprays and drip traces,” suggests Corby.

Area components and landscape offer shops can guide with your watering requirements and biologically, organic solutions to continue to keep your yard healthy. 

These with constrained area to get the job done inside, like a balcony or courtyard, will be pleased to listen to that so extended as the facet is in the sun, the identical types of vegetables can be grown there as in a yard. 

“Things like herbs and tomatoes develop seriously effectively in pots,” says Corby. 

If you’re a rookie, Corby suggests holding off till the springtime before planning your garden. Image: iStock

“But I’d propose getting a little something like a modular planter box. They appear prepared-designed and make it easy to expand all types of veggies on your balcony. Some genuinely gratifying and worthwhile kinds incorporate zucchini and cucumbers.”

Nevertheless, Corby emphasises that daylight is nevertheless the most vital aspect. 

“If your element isn’t terrific, I’d counsel seeking into a garden plot alternatively. Googong, for case in point, is a five-star eco-friendly star-rated neighborhood, with different neighborhood gardens. You can enter into an arrangement with a local community backyard club and hire a plot for a 12 months or so,” Corby claims. 

If you’re a rookie, Corby indicates holding off till the springtime right before getting ready your garden. Even so, if you’re up for a obstacle, there are a several vegetables that can be planted at this time of year. 

“Potato, onion and other vegetables that consider more time to develop are good to plant now, together with green vegetables like broccoli, peas and snow peas.” 


Look at out these new developments ripe for a veggie back garden:

Jumping Creek

Jumping Creek, Jumping Creek NSW 2620

Jumping Creek, Jumping Creek NSW 2620

Vegetable gardens, pools, and entertaining places – the out of doors solutions are countless at the tremendous blocks of land out there at Jumping Creek.

Out right here, enveloped by mother nature, it feels like your personal corner of the earth and only minutes from the metropolis.

Selling price: $600,000 +

Agent: Ian McNamee & Partners Queanbeyan/Jerrabomberra/Canberra, 0428 416 414


Googong Land

New Land, Googong NSW 2620

New Land, Googong NSW 2620

Build your aspiration property in the most relatives-welcoming of areas.

Googong is a township where by neighbours know each and every other by name, people barbecue alongside one another at the nearby parks,  and weekends are invested having fun with the all-natural surroundings.

Agent: Googong Township Realty, 1300 446 646