How Do You Plant The Perfect Veggie Patch?

How do you plant the perfect veggie patch?

Attention: Green Thumbs.

I need your help!

In the seemingly never-ending project that is our home renovation, we are finally turning our attention to a “dead” space located just outside our kitchen door.

We’ve decided to turn this spot into a veggie patch.

The husband has constructed 3 garden beds: 1 long rectangular bed and 2 smaller rectangular beds, made out of wood and soon to be filled with soil.

The only decision we’ve made so far is that we want to plant a lemon and a lime tree, because: salad dressing and cocktails.

Our next decision is what else to plant.

It would be great to plant a mix of vegetables, herbs and I also wouldn’t mind growing some flowers (maybe daisies and carnations?) in one of the smaller garden beds.

So this is where you come in…

How do you plant the perfect veggie patch?


Which vegetables and herbs should we grow so that we’ll actually use them and won’t have too much of one thing?


Which flowers can I grow so I can then cut them and place them in vases around our home?


  1. Lisa mckenzie says

    Parsley is easy Sonia and also coriander I have grown tomatoes,lettuce cucumbers and capsicums ,leave the green one on the bush till they turn red if you want red ones,I hope that has helped you Xx

  2. merilyn says

    that is great Sonia! … he is wonderful!
    i’m a bit of a green thumb! I like it! … so here’s my 2 cents worth!
    I love and grow fresh herbs as so lovely to pick fresh! not so much vegies as I don’t have a spot!
    start off with easy … parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme!!! …
    rosemary and lavender are so easy to strike too, but they don’t have to be in the vegie patch a bit of a hedge is nice with them!
    basil, Asian basil, oregano, coriander is a little harder as it always wants to go to seed but that’s ok keep nipping the flower heads off! I love the perfume of herbs when watering or just brush by!
    what get’s me excited is when I see my vegies sprouting in the fridge and I cut it off and plant them and they grow! love it! … celery, fennel. onions, sweet potato has the prettiest leaves!
    I do always grow strawberries in a large pot and they cascade down beautifully!
    also cherry tomatoes are easy but they will need staking! just start with one pot each of different varieties
    people are having a glut of cucumbers at the moment! they spread a bit though as do zucchini!
    we buy our basil plants from a farm gate but any reputable nursery has everything you need!
    they can help more than me as they are the sperts! …
    anyhoo enjoy your new found project of what you fancy! … experiment! soothing for the soul!
    enjoy your day lovelies! love m:)X

  3. says

    Definitely start with herbs, they are generally pretty easy to grow and you can just cut bits off as you need them which is much better than having to buy bunches at the shops all the time. I’d put mint in a pot though, it tends to spread and take over, but you definitely do want mint (hello cocktails!).
    There are lots of varieties of veggies that are designed for small spaces, so keep an eye out for those. This year I’ve got a cherry and a Tiny Tim variety of tomatoes growing on my little balcony and both have been a roaring success. I’m trying a dwarf eggplant this year as well.
    I view growing my own herbs & veggies as a trial and error process, half the fun is in seeing what works and what you need to try differently, so that way if some things die or fail to produce veggies as expected then it’s not the end of the world!

  4. Ellie says

    If I lived somewhere other than WA (where shipping seeds is apparently prohibited) – I would get one of these Kitchen Garden boxes. It apparently has everything you need to start your garden in simple terms (apparently good for kids too – but I thought could be good for me who has killed a number of cactii). I read some reviews that looked very positive!

  5. says

    Shallots are a must, that way you always have them fresh, and don’t have to spend a fortune at the supermarket! And they’re dead easy to grow. Mint and rosemary are easy too. Cherry tomatoes are better than regular because they don’t seem to get attacked by insects!

  6. Sharon says

    I have a herb garden where I grow heartsease pansies, nasturtiums and calendula – because they are pretty but also edible. The flowers can be tossed into salads, including fruit salad and to garnish all types of dishes. Put a heartsease flower onto an iced cupcake and everyone is in awe of your culinary skills. I also have camomile and feverfew – their little daisy flowers are beautiful and both plants can be made into tea. I also have angelica which has exquisite flowers for decorating food with and stunning large leaves. Try a quince tree which is the loveliest of the fruit trees but incredibly hardy. It will produce reasonable quantities of fruit in April and May when the weather is cooler and it’s easier to stay in the kitchen and cook them. Perennial basil will last for years. But keep mint in a pot or it will over your garden bed overnight.

    • Sonia says

      Oh my goodness, thank you so much for these tips Sharon! Love the idea of planting edible flowers as well as flowers that can be used in tea. Love it!

  7. Katie says

    Hiya, just a word of caution, citrus don’t like competition, so you’ll need to plant well back from their root area. It will also be 2-3 years before you get any fruit. If space is limited look into a dwarf fruit salad tree (you can have lemon & lime in the one plant). I’d also recommend a worm farm or compost. Your veggie patch will love you for it! Kale, silverbeet/chard, zucchini & cherry tomatoes are really easy to grow, with long lasting crops. Parsley & basil will self seed and reward you year after year. Enjoy!

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