Winter vege garden tips

· Fussy about wonky carrots? Lumpy soil gives high chances that your carrots won’t grow nice and straight. Dig over garden beds as all the action happens underground and they require well worked soil.

· It’s nearly potatoe planting time! In July it it’s time to sprout new season seed potatoes ready to plant in August or September. Try to plant certified see potatoes, not ones that have grown sprouts in your pantry! Certified means they’re specifically selected to thrive in the home garden and guaranteed to be free of viruses and pests that affect potatoes.

· Plant broad beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, celery, garlic, kale, mizuna, onions, peas, shallots, silverbeet, spinach, coriander. Dig in compost before planting to replenish nutrients used by previous crops.

· Sowing seeds - in warmer parts of New Zealand use sheltered areas of your garden to sow broccoli, broad beans, cabbage, cauliflower, and peas. Lettuce seeds can be sown too, if you choose hardy winter varieties.

· Grown garlic before? It’s said to do it on the shortest day of the year (June 21) before the weather turns to custard. It will then be ready to harvest on the longest day (December 21).

· If frosts are a concern, plant crops into containers that you can move around to catch the midday sun and keep a cloche or growing tunnel handy.