Veggie garden Q&A

Growing your own produce is cost-effective and incredibly satisfying. YOURLifeChoices members Ellie and Heather want to know how to get the best out of their veggie patches.

Q. Ellie
My garden has really poor soil but I would still like to grow my own herbs and vegetables. Which crops grow best in pots?

Most leafy crops such as spinach, lettuce, bok choy and mizuna are good at growing in pots, and potatoes can be grown in large containers. Herbs are well suited to being grown in pots, including annuals such as parsley, basil and chives. Woody varieties such as bay, rosemary and sage also grow successfully in pots.

When summer comes around tomatoes, capsicum and eggplant will do well as long as they receive sufficient water and sunshine.

Q. Heather
For years I have been successfully growing my own veg, but have stuck to staples such as potatoes, beans etc. I would love to branch out, but which crops are good to start with?

If you eat more of the traditional vegetables in your house then maybe try more exotic versions of these crops. The Digger’s Club offers eight potato and 17 bean varieties.

If you wish to enjoy more exotic tastes, try growing vegetables which are more popular in other countries such as Rocket or Asian greens.