After a long hot and dry summer we have finally welcomed in autumn with a good soaking of rain. So, after the lawn has been mowed we start to think about the veggie patch and all those wonderful winter veges we love to plant.
Tommy Toe – voted the tastiest tomato by The Diggers Club
If you live in a frost free area of Brisbane, the good news is you can still plant tomatoes. The Diggers Club have put together a selection of their all-time favourite heirloom varieties this includes many tomatoes. We have 11 varieties to choose from, Tommy Toe is voted the tastiest tomato and is a vigorous grower, however if you are short on space try Red Fig it is a smaller growing bush that fruits in 8 weeks from planting and can produce in excess of 10kg of fruit over the season. For a good old fashion big tomato try growing Mortgage Lifter, fruits can weigh up to 400grams each or Black Russian an unusual black skinned tomato full of flavour. For the adventurous, check out Beams Yellow, a lovely little yellow tomato or Green Zebra, yellow stripes appear on the unusual green fruit when they are ready to harvest, a great one to confuse the pests with. Check out some of the range planted in the kitchen gardens at the garden centre. And remember there will be a tomato shortage at the end of winter this year due to Cyclone Debbie.
Potatoes are another vegetable that comes to mind for winter planting and what an easy vegetable to grow. Potatoes can be planted from April through to July, and can be grown in either the ground or very large pots or grow bags. A great vegetable if you are short on space. The Brassica family are also fans of the cooler weather, Kale, Broccoli, Cabbage and Cauliflower can all be planted out now. And don’t forget the Peas, snow peas, sugar snaps and garden peas can all be planted now. These will need a trellis to grow on, try using the compostable jute netting now in stock, easy to put up and compostable when the plants have finished.
Remember to add some flowers to your vegetable garden not just for the bees but for your dishes as well. Edible flowers that can be planted now include Viola, Calendula, Pansy, Dianthus, Alyssum, Nasturtium.