Step 1 – add gravel or stones to bottom of pot to help with drainage. Add to approx 5 cm deep (depending on pot size)
Step 2 – Fill the pot ¾ full with good quality potting mix . You can add a bit of your wonderful compost and/ or water crystals and fertiliser at this stage.
Step 3 – Tease out seedling roots if compacted. Put seedling in pot (a bit lower than rim of pot) and top up with potting mix. Pat down, water and fertilise.
Winter vegetables and herbs are sown in late summer and autumn while the soil is still warm.
All season vegetables and herbs are best sown in spring and autumn.
Plant now: Carrots, Broccoli, leeks, cauliflower, lettuce, peas, sliver beet, garlic.
Stir-fried broccoli with sesame (from the Vegie Patch Cookbook)
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp light soy sauce
Pinch of dried chilli flakes
675g broccoli, florets and stems
60ml vegetable stock or water
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat a large non-stick frying pan or wok. Add the sesame seeds and toast them, shaking the pan constantly for 1-2 minutes, or until the seeds turn golden. Transfer to a plate.
Add the oil, soy sauce and chilli flakes to the pan, and stir to combine. Add the broccoli and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
Pour in the stock and cover the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender but still crisp. Stir in the sesame seeds and season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.
To Do in the Garden
The soil where summer crops grew can be amended with lots of organic matter, dug in, to prepare the beds for some autumn plantings of cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, silverbeet, lettuce, broad beans, peas, snow peas, radish, carrot, beetroot and parsnip.