Having your own vegetable garden is a great way to enjoy fresh and healthy produce. It is possible, regardless of your garden size and through using waterwise gardening techniques that will minimise your water use.
The location of your garden and what you create it in are important decisions when establishing your garden. Vegetables need a good source of sunlight; somewhere not too sunny in summer with sufficient sunlight in winter is ideal. A spot protected from wind by a building or hedge will keep your vegetables happy.
When choosing where to establish your garden, if space is limited, a raised container is ideal as they keep the garden contained and can be moved to suit the weather conditions. If you have plenty of space a garden bed can be established in the ground, as it involves less set up but can’t be moved.
Deciding what to grow and planting seasonal vegetables will ensure the best results and minimise water use. By planting from seeds you can stagger when the vegetables are ready and planting from seedlings will see them mature at once. Whichever you choose, make sure you plant vegetables that will be eaten and put to good use.
Hand watering twice a week or installing sub-irrigation or drippers will see the best results in your garden.
For more details on waterwise gardening techniques for your vegetable garden please refer to the Your guide to a waterwise garden brochure.