Create Soul Food from the Garden
There’s nothing better than creating soul food straight from the garden.
Growing your own food takes time and hard work but don’t worry the perseverance pays off! To help get you started, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite homegrown veggies for you to grow and enjoy in your next home cooked meal.
Not only is spinach a fantastic source of iron, vitamins and other minerals, but it also goes great in meals such as stir fry, cannelloni and stew.
When growing spinach don’t forget to water regularly and once the seedlings begin to emerge, mix through Scotts Osmocote Plus Organics All Purpose Plant Food and Soil Improver, to feed them essential nutrients and create a balanced and sustainable growing environment for a healthier harvest. Depending on the type of spinach variety you’re growing, it should be ready to pick and enjoy in 6-8 weeks.
Grown all year round, carrots can withstand a large variety of temperatures. These nutritious veggies, however, go particularly well in those winter broths and soups.
To ensure that you get the best out of your crop, make sure that your soil doesn’t dry out by watering regularly. It’s especially important to keep the soil moist for the first two weeks of germination. To grow healthier, stronger and more disease-resistant carrots, plant them in a specialised vegetable potting mix, like Scotts Osmocote Tomato, Vegetable & Herb Premium Potting Mix.
This well-loved vegetable is the perfect healthy addition to those warm potato bakes, mac and cheese or casserole dishes.
Broccoli grows best in a sunny spot, so make sure you position them in a protected spot with lots of rays and water them regularly. Also, to ensure a greater harvest that you can later enjoy, feed your broccoli with Scotts Performance Naturals Fertiliser for Tomato, Vegetable & Herb.
Regardless of the cuisine, garlic will add just that perfect, little bit of extra flavour. Especially, in many Aussie kitchens, garlic is a staple and great addition to home-cooked roasts or marinades.
A great tip for growing garlic is to not water the soil until after the cloves have germinated, which will occur approximately two weeks after planting. Following this, ensure that you water the soil often enough so that it remains moist but not wet.
Thyme is a versatile and beloved herb used in a wide range of cuisine. It can be used fresh or dried and works well in lots of your winter warmer faves, such as soups, pastas, roasted veggies, pizza and lamb.
Growing thyme is easy, simply choose a sunny spot with well-draining soil to plant your thyme. When planted, water well and enrich the soil with Scotts Osmocote Controlled-Release Fertiliser for Tomato, Vegetable & Herbs. Remember to harvest your herbs regularly for continuous added growth.