Winter veggie patch planning

Time to dig out the summer garden and start working on your autumn planting for a beautiful winter harvest. First things first, soil. Dig out your summer plants making sure you turn over the soil and add some compost, manure or organic fertiliser. Take the time to give it some water and be sure to cover in pea straw or any naturally available mulch.

The best herbs and vegetables to plant in the autumn months are those that can thrive in cooler soil and when sunlight is not as strong or available. These vegetables are also those most suited to a vegetable soup or even a delicious slow roast on a Sunday afternoon.

When planting your autumn/winter garden be sure to really think about what veggies and herbs you currently use the most of and what suits the climate you are in. We have considered the Southern state climate. However, gardening resources (Google search is great) are widely available, and we recommend checking for herbs and veggies that are best for your region as they may vary slightly.

Veggie options: Our picks for the autumn garden vegetables are broad beans, beetroot, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, Chinese broccoli, Chinese cabbage, English spinach, leek, onion, parsnip, potatoes, silver beet, swede and turnip.

Herb options: The best herbs to plant are chives, coriander, garlic, lemongrass, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, shallots, tarragon and thyme. And lastly, a winter garden would not be complete without garlic. To get best results simply stick a whole clove into the ground, blunt end down.

Then all you need to do is keep an eye on your garden, making sure you give it a nice deep water a couple of times a month and voila!

Harvest and enjoy!