Author and Lindeman’s gardening ambassador, Meredith Kirton, shares her top kitchen gardening tips.
Warm days and cooling nights are perfect for many edibles. If you were busy in the garden during summer, you will still be picking tomatoes and capsicum and eggplants, so make them last by regular harvesting and feeding. Trim flowers off basil, and start thinking about pesto and herb butters to cook over winter now.
It's also the perfect time to be planting for winter veggies. Cabbage, Brussels sprouts (try purple ones) and kale are my favourites, but I also love Asian greens like mustard 'Ruby Streaks'.
Another great vegetable to grow in March is peas. Snow peas, sugar peas and snap peas are fun and easy and great for beginners. You will need a trellis for them to grow on, or even a tripod. Both the new shoots and the pods are edible and delicious.
Here are my top tips for growing the perfect peas:
1. Always grow peas from seed
2. Regularly pick peas, as the more you pick, the more you get and they lose their tenderness and flavour when old
3. Peas grow best in the cooler months as higher temperatures make the pods tougher
4. When your crop is done with, dig your plants back into the soil as they are an excellent green manure plant
For more information on the Lindeman’s Early Harvest range and to download Dominique’s delicious lighter-style recipes and Meredith’s gardening tips please visit www.lindemans.com.au.