Herbs and Vegetables: Grow your own

The simple herb.

Who would have thought it packed so much POW!  If you are considering implementing the ‘garden to kitchen’ concept then herbs are the best way to start. Not only are they fantastically easy to grow but they also taste amazing, smell amazing and wait for it…..they are highly medicinal.  POW. POW. POW.

So if you are thinking of getting started this Autumn here are some great herbs to plant that are suitable to our Mediteranean Perth climate:  Chives, Coriander, Marjoram, Oregano, Mustard, Parsley

Some of their benefits (apart from looking lovely in the garden):
* Chives:  valuable for stimulating digestive juices and can help combat high blood pressure. POW!
* Parsley:  for the morning after a big curry…parsley has long been used as a breath freshener.  It’s high in Vitamin C. It also contains chlorophyll which is a valued detoxifier and blood     builder.  P-POW!!
* Coriander:  Hmmm you either love it or you hate it.  We are camp LOVE IT here at APC.  It’s high in dietary fibre, manganese, iron and magnesium. Plus it tastes delicious. P-P-POW!!!

And don’t forget your vegetables (because we all need our 5 serves a day).

If you are thinking of growing your own veggies then Autumn in Perth is the best time to grow these varieties: broccoli, beetroot, potatoes, red onion, cabbage, lettuce, cauliflower, silver beet, celery, broad beans and English spinach.  Also; citrus, avocado and olive trees.

You don’t need big spaces, just make sure you use good quality soil that is nutrient dense to give your herbs and veggies the best chance to grow strong and healthy and fight disease. They love well drained soil too so if you are planting directy into a garden bed, consider building up the garden bed with plenty of compost and fertiliser.  If you are planting in pots, try and use a potting mix with good drainage.  Keep your little garden treasures healthy and nourished by applying a diluted blood and bone or fish/kelp treatment every 2 weeks.  Five or more hours of sun is good as a general guide.

We hope you have fun planting and enjoy eating your home grown goodness.  Feel free to send us progress pics as we love to see mother nature at her best x

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