Garden design widths

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When designing your garden it’s handy to know what are good measurements for the vegetable bed width and path width. Both will depend on your available space and the design shape you wish to use.

The ideal width of your bed will be if you can reach to the centre of the the bed from all sides. A good rule of thumb for a ground level bed is 1.2 metres.

The best width for a path will need to be able to accommodate a wheelbarrow. If you are designing for a school or aged care facility you may want to make sure a wheelchair can be used on the path. 90cm to a metre is a good width.

Moving to a new garden – The vegetable plot

Guest post by Dee Young

After 24 years of struggling to grow a variety of plants in an area of impoverished sandy soil, thinly covering bedrock of sandstone, I looked forward to enjoying a better relationship with my new garden. This is situated on an ancient flood plain that has a rich, thick layer of dark, alluvial soil over a heavier clay base.

But, should you think this an easy task, I must disappoint you as, even though the soil is potentially rich, it has been neglected for years and allowed to fall into disrepair structurally and nutritionally and in places the clay sub-soil is evident.

Unlike the sandy soil, however, this can be remedied with good, deep digging to break up and aerate the soil, whilst removing unwanted plants and their root systems.
I began with the abandoned vegetable plot behind the shed.

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After digging and weeding and before re-planting, I forked in plenty of well decayed cow manure, which helps break up any clay deposits and makes the soil friable.

The presence of many, large, healthy earthworms as I dug indicated an ideal growing pH of 6 – 7.5, therefore, after planting I was sparing with the gypsum (calcium and sulphur). A light application on the surface of the soil adds minerals for the plants and penetrates the clay particles to loosen the soil structure in compacted soils.

Finally, I added a good handful of pelletised complete fertilizer all over the planted area, which will break down over time to release nutrients into the soil.

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The lettuce, capsicum, tomato and yellow button squash plants have now been in the ground for 3 weeks and I am delighted with their progress. I picked lettuce leaves for a salad today.

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So far, so good, I have rediscovered the joy of gardening, which is, essentially, seeing one’s plants thrive.

Written by Dee Young

Produce in season for December in Australia

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Vegetables in season for December in Australia

asparagus, avocado, basil, beans, capsicum, celery, choko, cucumber, celery, choko, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, onions, peas, spring onions, squash, sweetcorn, tomato, zucchini

Fruit in season for December in Australia

apricot, banana, black currants, cherries, honey due melon, lychee, mango, orange, passionfruit, pineapple, plum, red currants, rockmelon, watermelon

Photo by Jan

Produce in season for November in Australia

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Vegetables in season for November in Australia

artichoke (globe), asparagus, avocado, basil, beans, choko, cucumber, lettuce, onion, peas, spinach, sweetcorn, spring onion, tomato, zucchini

Fruit in season for November in Australia

banana, cherries, cumquat, grapefruit, honeydue melon, lemon, loquat, mangoes, orange, paw paw, pineapple, rockmelon, watermelon

Photo by Jan

Produce in season for October in Australia

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Vegetables in season for October in Australia

artichoke (globe), asparagus, avocadoes, basil, beans, broccoli, chinese greens, choko, cucumber, garlic, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, peas, silverbeet, spinach, spring onions

Fruit in season for October in Australia

cumquat, grapefruit, lemon, loquat, mango, orange, paw paw, pineapple, strawberries, tangelo

Photo by Jan

Produce in season for September in Australia

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Vegetables in season for September in Australia

artichoke (globe), asparagus, avocadoes, basil, beans, broccoli, carrot, cauliflower, chinese greens, garlic, ginger, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, parsnip, peas, potato, pumpkin, silverbeet, spinach, spring onions

Fruit in season for September in Australia

apple, cumquat, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, melon, oranges, paw paw, pineapple, tangelo

Photo by Jan

Produce in season for August in Australia

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Vegetables in season for August in Australia

artichoke (jerusalem), avocadoes, beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chinese greens, fennel, garlic, ginger, kohlrabi, leek, onion, parsnip, potato, pumpkin, shallots, silverbeet, spinach, swede, sweet potato, turnip

Fruit in season for August in Australia

apples, custard apple, grapefruit, lemon, lime, mandarin, melon, oranges, paw paw, pineapple, rhubarb, tangelo

Photo by Jan

Produce in season for July in Australia

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Vegetables in season for July in Australia

artichoke (jerusalem), avocadoes, beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chinese greens, fennel, garlic, ginger, kohlrabi, leek, mushrooms, onions, parsnip, potato, pumpkin, shallots, silverbeet, spinach, swede, sweet potato, turnip

Fruit in season for July in Australia

apples, custard apple, grapefruit, kiwi fruit, lemon, lime, mandarin, melon, nashi, orange, paw paw, pineapple, rhubarb

Photo by Jan

Produce in season for June in Australia

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Vegetables in season for June in Australia

artichoke (jerusalem), avocadoes, beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chinese greens, fennel, garlic, ginger, kohlrabi, leek, mushrooms, onion, parnsip, potato, pumpkin, shallots, silverbeet, spinach, swede, sweet potato, turnip

Fruit in season for June in Australia

apples, custard apple, grapefruit, kiwifruit, lemon, lime, mandarin, melon, nashi, nuts, orange, passionfruit, pears, rhubarb.

Photo by Jan

Produce in season for May in Australia

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Vegetables in season for May in Australia

avocado, beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chinese greens, fennel, garlic, ginger, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, mushrooms, olives, onions, parsnip, peas, potato, pumpkin, shallots, silverbeet, spinach, spring onions, swede, sweet potato, tomato, turnip

Fruit in season for May in Australia

apples, banana, custard apple, grapes, kiwi fruit, lemon, lime, mandarin, melon, nashi, nuts, orange, passionfruit, pears, persimmon, quince, rhubarb

Photo by Jan