Although the temperature is increasing here in the Blue Mountains, we're still considered a cold climate area of Australia. This is why it can get a bit confusing working out what the best herbs, fruits and vegetables are that will grow easily in your garden.
Since there's nothing more satisfying then growing your own edible produce, I've put together a list of excellent herbs, fruits and vegetables that will thrive in our Blue Mountains climate coupled with the right kind of care.
Basil, Chives, Coriander, Dill, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Sage and Thyme
Strawberries, Apple, Tomato, Oranges, Lemon, Mandarin
Beetroot, Broccoli, Cucumber, Zucchini, Cabbage, Eggplant, Carrot, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Onion, Peas, Pumpkin, and Sweet Corn
These are the most common herbs, fruits and vegetables that I recommend to my clients as I know they'll do quite well. Along with choosing the best seedling, what also needs to be taken into account is the position of the 'produce patch', the soil used, and the regular maintenance that will ensure you'll receive all the herbs, fruits and vegies you want.
WHERE SHOULD I CREATE THE PRODUCE PATCH?
Generally a sunny well drained area in your garden is the best place to plant your seedlings although it's always a good idea to check with the seedling information blurb that comes when purchasing a punnet or seedling packet.
WHAT SOIL SHOULD I USE?
The best soil to use to help your seedling thrive is a garden-mix from your local landscape supplier that's rich in organic matter.
WHAT IS THE BEST PRODUCE FOOD I SHOULD USE TO HELP WITH GROWTH?
Try to use organic-based fertilisers such as Dynamic Lifter, Blood and Bone or Seasol are ideal. Regular use of dilulted Seasol will help your seedlings grow to their fullest potential.
WHAT GENERAL MAINTENANCE SHOULD I KEEP IN MIND AS THE PRODUCE GROWS?
Ensure you weed the area regularly to allow for the sunlight to reach your produce - this is also important so the weeds don't use up all the available nutrients in the soil. I'd suggest daily watering during the warmer days so your plants and herbs don't dry out. If you find you're having a problem with pests or disease, you can purchase a pest oil (Brands vary) from the Hardware store or Nursery to combat the nasties.
Lastly - enjoy the 'fruits' of your labour....they always taste better.