February 21, 2024


The layout of our house

How to build a veggie garden in your Canberra home this winter


There are two matters just about every Canberran need to know. You do not convert your heater on until eventually Anzac Day and you really do not plant your tomatoes until eventually Melbourne Cup working day.

 At the very least that’s according to Tim Corby, the development supervisor for the Googong township, who is also accountable for overseeing the suburb’s landscaping. 

We’re nicely and genuinely into the frosty mornings that arguably make Canberra famed in winter. And though I locate them endearing at 1st, there arrives a time I commence counting down the times to spring. 

With the hotter year on our minds, it is also time to get started imagining about preparing our gardens. But this yr it feels different. The cost of residing is mounting, and the cost of fruit and greens is climbing sharply. Not to point out, sustainable residing solutions seem additional captivating than ever.

Jumping Creek
New people to Googong could perhaps plant a new veggie yard in their personal yard.

Corby has some recommendations on how to start that veggie patch in Canberra. 

“It’s truly crucial that you get your part suitable and pick out a place for your vegetable back garden that gets the most solar during the day – at minimum six hours,” points out Corby. 

“I come across that with any good landscape style, it is ideal to sit in your dwelling for a couple months to do the job out matters like exactly where the shadows are, no matter if there are any wind tunnelling consequences, whether or not the rain blows in a specific way but is shielded by upcoming door’s roof line. Items you could not be ready to foresee until eventually you dwell them.”

When you’ve picked out the region, Corby endorses that rather than digging down into the dirt and functioning really hard to amend the soil you have, build it up rather.

Lights is an vital factor to contemplate when beginning a vegetable backyard garden. Picture: iStock

“It’s substantially simpler for a variety of causes. We have a lot of significant clay written content in our floor all around Canberra, which is not excellent for rising veggies,” explains Corby. 

“Water and roots really do not go as a result of it properly, it is tricky to unlock vitamins and really hard to dig. So, alternatively than seeking to renovate that soil, it’s a lot much easier to acquire a nutrient-dense soil combine and pour it directly on top.”

Possessing a lifted vegetable backyard garden also would make it simpler for anybody to are inclined to it, no issue their age.

“It’s a extremely rigorous job that demands a large amount of treatment, so elevating the garden tends to make it a great deal simpler than owning to bend down to floor degree. I’d also suggest hoping to preserve it nearer to the doorway if achievable, so it is far more available. It also makes it uncomplicated to run out and choose some fresh herbs or greens though you’re cooking.”

Obtaining a raised vegetable backyard also will make it a lot easier for everyone to start their inexperienced thumb. Picture: Yuliya Ivanova

Next on Corby’s listing of concerns is water. 

“There are a few various types of watering, but I like to use a blend of micro-sprays and drip lines,” claims Corby.

Nearby hardware and landscape offer shops can guide with your watering needs and biologically, organic and natural alternatives to maintain your yard healthy. 

People with constrained space to function inside of, like a balcony or courtyard, will be happy to listen to that so prolonged as the component is in the sun, the same versions of vegetables can be grown there as in a backyard. 

“Things like herbs and tomatoes expand seriously effectively in pots,” claims Corby. 

If you’re a rookie, Corby implies holding off until finally the springtime prior to planning your backyard. Image: iStock

“But I’d endorse finding a little something like a modular planter box. They come completely ready-made and make it uncomplicated to improve all sorts of veggies on your balcony. Some really fulfilling and gratifying kinds incorporate zucchini and cucumbers.”

On the other hand, Corby emphasises that sunlight is still the most essential component. 

“If your component is not excellent, I’d propose seeking into a backyard plot as an alternative. Googong, for illustration, is a five-star eco-friendly star-rated community, with numerous community gardens. You can enter into an arrangement with a community yard club and rent a plot for a year or so,” Corby suggests. 

If you’re a rookie, Corby suggests holding off right until the springtime ahead of preparing your back garden. Nonetheless, if you’re up for a problem, there are a couple vegetables that can be planted at this time of yr. 

“Potato, onion and other vegetables that just take lengthier to develop are excellent to plant now, alongside with eco-friendly vegetables like broccoli, peas and snow peas.” 


Examine out these new developments ripe for a veggie yard:

Leaping Creek

Jumping Creek, Jumping Creek NSW 2620

Leaping Creek, Leaping Creek NSW 2620

Vegetable gardens, pools, and entertaining areas – the outdoor alternatives are infinite at the huge blocks of land available at Leaping Creek.

Out right here, enveloped by mother nature, it feels like your individual corner of the environment and only minutes from the metropolis.

Value: $600,000 +

Agent: Ian McNamee & Partners Queanbeyan/Jerrabomberra/Canberra, 0428 416 414


Googong Land

New Land, Googong NSW 2620

New Land, Googong NSW 2620

Make your desire property in the most family members-welcoming of spots.

Googong is a township in which neighbours know each and every other by name, families barbecue alongside one another at the community parks,  and weekends are spent experiencing the all-natural surroundings.

Agent: Googong Township Realty, 1300 446 646


Supply link