Once you are certain the drainage is suitable, it is time to prepare the soil. Soil preparation for vegetables is similar for herbs in that they prefer a light, well-drained, crumbly soil, but most vegetables will grow satisfactorily in fairly heavy soil provided there is good drainage. Dig the soil to a depth of about 25cm (Fig 1), remove all weeds and break up clods to bring the soil to a moderately fine texture. If the soil lacks humus, place 5-10cm of organic matter, such as straw and compost, on the surface and dig in to spade depth. At the same time, apply animal manure, blood and bone, or a complete fertiliser.
Seeds or seedlings:
Vegetables can also be grown separately in pots, which is idea for the apartment lifestyle. All vegetables differ in their planting and harvesting season- here is a rough guide.
Warm season vegetables (planted October to February, harvested December to May)
||- Sweet corn
||- Egg plants
Cool season vegetables (planted February to September, harvest May to December)
||- Brussels sprouts
|- Broad beans
All season vegetables (less affected by season temperatures)
|- Silver beet
Some climbing vegetables, such as beans and tomatoes, require supporting stakes.
(Seasons are dependant on climatic zones)