5 Vegetables to plant this autumn
Autumn is the perfect time to plant leafy greens, onions and beetroot - whether you have an expansive garden or a few pots on a balcony. Organic garden shop owner, Jamie Garner of Jamie’s Garden Shop, shares his tips for getting the most out of the garden this autumn.
Onions are great vegetables as they store well for long periods, they’re very healthy, and I found them relatively easy to grow. It’s easiest to plant from seedlings as seeds take quite long to grow. Beetroot is another great vegetable as you can use the baby leaves for salads and larger leaves for stir fries. Be sure to leave enough leaves on to maintain healthy root growth.
Instructions for growing beetroot and onions
* Separate seedlings from seed trays and plant 15cm apart (if your tray of onion seedlings has more than one onion per seedling cup separate and plant 15cm apart).
* Use a premium vegetable soil mix such as Orgasoilux and a medium dosage of an organic slow release fertilizer such as Talborne Organics Vita-Grow 2:3:2 with higher levels of phosphorous for root and bulb growth.
* Plant in full sun and water daily in the mornings.
* Apply mulch to all vegetables but leave some space around the base of the veggies for air to get to the beneficial mycorrhizal root fungi.
* Root drench or spray the foliage with liquid kelp every two weeks, and compost tea once a month.
* It comes highly recommended to apply beneficial mycorrhizal fungi to all vegetables when transplanting except the brassica family (pak choi being the only one from this list).
All products, vertical Minigardens, Orgasoilux, Talborne Organics, Mycorrhizal fungi and liquid kelp are available at our online garden shop, Jamie’s Garden Shop at www.jamiesgardenshop.co.za.
(Taken from Jamie Garner, organic garden shop owner)
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