Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Get Those Seeds in; You Could Be Eating Your Produce in as Little as Six Weeks

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Get Those Seeds in; You Could Be Eating Your Produce in as Little as Six Weeks

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ONE of the most important gardening items this week is the vegetable patch.

Here, we can improve our health with the exercise needed to prepare, plant and grow, then consume the fresh produce it provides for us and our families.

Growing from seed is of course the most economical approach, and if you have your Yates Garden Guide handy, you'll have the best information on preparing the bed and growing to fruition in as little as six weeks.

These vegetables include zucchinis, squash and radishes, while lettuce, marrows, spring onions, silverbeet, cucumbers, kohl rabi, Chinese and other cabbages, and beans take only a couple of weeks more.

Both dwarf and climbing beans can be planted now and should be ready for eating by late March.

Blue Lake climbers produce great crops on a fence or frame, and dwarf growing snapbeans are deliciously stringless and do very well in the region.

Two very handy items we always ensure we have on hand to grow our vegies well are Seasol and PowerFeed. Seasol stimulates root development, promotes healthy growth, enhances flowering and fruiting, and increases resistance to heat, drought, frost, pests and diseases.

Particularly in poor soil, PowerFeed promotes growth, stimulates flowering and fruiting, adds liquid compost to soil, is a clay breaker and improves sandy soils.

Yandina Community Gardens

A COUPLE of free workshops have already been slotted in by The Yandina Community Gardens.

At 9.30am next Saturday, Dee Humphreys will provide plenty to interest you on growing and using both herbs and weeds that do well on the Sunshine Coast.

She and Ian run "Garden of Eatin", teaching people through educational tours. This workshop will provide plenty of information on using all things green for our health.

On Saturday, January 31, go along for a free 90-minute garden tour to see permaculture principles and design ideas in action. …

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