Vegetables

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Supercharge your salad

Rocket (Eruca sativa), sometimes called arugula, makes a vibrant and peppery addition to salads, pasta, pizza and pesto. Rocket leaves also contain vitamins and minerals, are low in calories and carbohydrates and being in the same plant family as broccoli, kale and cauliflower, provide a valuable source of antioxidants.

It’s easy and quick to grow your own rocket at home, so you can regularly add healthy handfuls of leaves to lots of different dishes. Here’s how to start a pot or patch of Yates® Large Leaf Rocket:

Stay vigilant for caterpillars, which can skeletonise rocket rapidly. Yates® Nature’s Way® Caterpillar Killer is based on beneficial soil bacteria and is a very effective way of controlling destructive caterpillars on leafy herbs like rocket. Yates® Nature’s Way® Caterpillar Killer is certified for use in organic gardens (and has no withholding period – just wash rocket leaves before eating them), so is ideal for people wanting to use organic methods of insect pest control.

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Autumn vegie patch extravaganza – lift your gardening game this planting season!

Autumn is a fabulous time of year to be out in the garden. The scorching heat of summer has faded but the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth, so plants can get off to a great growing start. March is an ideal opportunity to set up a vegie patch, which will be overflowing with delicious produce over the cooler months.

You can lift your gardening game this planting season by using Yates Dynamic Lifter. The key to vegie success is soil preparation and enriching your soil before planting by mixing in some Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser has multiple benefits.

The concentrated organic matter in Yates Dynamic Lifter helps absorb moisture and nutrients like a sponge, whilst also providing gentle slow release organic nutrients to the plants as they establish. Yates Dynamic Lifter encourages hard working earthworms, which create tunnels and make it easier for plant roots to grow. It also provides food for beneficial soil microorganisms, which turn organic matter into nutrients plants can use and help promote a healthy garden.

Yates Dynamic Lifter is a concentrated blend of chicken manure, blood & bone and fishmeal, with the added goodness of seaweed, and is certified for use in organic gardening.

Here’s a simple plan to kick start your vegie growing journey:

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Super sprouts
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Gone are the days when Brussels Sprouts used to be boiled until they were grey and unappetising. Now think sprouts tossed with bacon, pine nuts and lemon or deliciously roasted with garlic and balsamic vinegar.

You can grow your own Brussels Sprouts at home. They’re highly productive and can be picked over a long period, so they’re a vegie that makes great use of space. Yates® Brussels Sprouts ‘Drumtight’ has firm, sweet green heads that retain colour and flavour. Perfect comfort food on a cold winter’s night.

Yates Brussels Sprouts ‘Drumtight’" is best grown in temperate and cool zones and is not really suited to growing in tropical and subtropical regions. In cool and temperate areas, seeds can be sown throughout Australia in March.

Here are the steps to grow your very own Brussels Sprouts:


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