Grow Your Own Vegetables
And you will always know what you are feeding your family
What we do
Suburban Farmer brings self-sufficient farming ideals and methods into the backyards of Perth residents. Using permaculture and organic gardening techniques, our aim is to help you grow the best and most produce from your own backyard.
We can get you started with a new vegetable garden or work on your existing vegetable garden, but most importantly we setup the practices and methods that sustain growth throughout the year so that you always have available produce.
With help from Suburban farmer your garden can provide you with a constant supply of fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs.
Why Grow Your Own?
Vegetable Garden Services
Suburban farmer can help you grow a constant supply of fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs.
Often our only choice is produce that has already been in cold storage for weeks or months, traveled across the country or been imported from overseas. Many types of shop-bought fruit and vegetables are picked when unripe, with synthetic fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides used in their growing.
However, we do have a choice.
Would you like a more consistent supply of home grown vegetables?
A vegetable garden can be a little or a big as you want it to be. Adding a small vegetable garden to your existing backyard landscape can be a great way of topping up your weekly food shop with fresh vegetables and a small herb garden will produce a surprisingly large amount of fresh herbs that can be picked every day.
Larger vegetable gardens can help you work toward providing the vegetable requirements for your family.
Yes! Your vegetable garden will be customised to your family and tastes. We have a list of vegetables, fruits and herbs that are available for your selection (depending on the season).
Deciding when to pick a fruit or vegetable is a big decision! Pick too early or late and weeks of growing can be wasted as the fruit may be too tough or too soft, bitter or sour. Deciding when to pick a fruit or vegetable depends on the type of fruit or vegetable you are growing – we will email customers guides on when to harvest the vegetables chosen for each crop, however there are some general rules that can be applied:
For leave crops such as spinach and stems crops such as celery, you want to pick them early and when they’re still at their most tender state. Many other vegetables can taste better while still young. For example, baby peas or a small zucchini generally has more flavour and is more tender than one that’s been allowed to grow into a giant.
For vegetables where the fruit part of the plant is what you’re eating, for example tomatoes, the opposite is true. A tomato may be ready, even red, but it tastes a lot better when it’s picked as ripe as possible and eaten straight from the vine.
Other veggies can wait it out until you’ve got the time. Root crops, like carrots, onions and potatoes, generally have a larger window of picking opportunity than other vegetables.
Herbs usually taste better before they’ve gone to seed.
A lot of when to harvest is just common sense and the best time to harvest is in the morning, that’s when your vegetables will have the highest water content.
Use a clean, sharp knife to cut your vegetables from the plant and take care not to damage the plant. Use clean containers to put your crops in and be gentle when you handle your crops so they don’t bruise. Put a clean, dry cloth at the bottom of each container to protect the crops and keep your containers in the shade as you fill them.
Crop rotation is the practice of growing a sequence of different crops on the same land in successive years or seasons, which is done to replenish the soil and control pests and diseases.
This means you we don’t plant the same specific vegetables in the same bed year after year. Each vegetable crop takes different nutrients and minerals from the soil and by planting the same crop in the same area in the same year, your soil become deficient in certain areas. This leads to weaker plants and reduced harvests.
The main principles are to not follow one crop with another from the same family and don’t follow one heavy feeder with another heavy feeder. We will design a crop rotation strategy to match your crop selection and plot size.
While not absolutely necessary, every vegetable garden should have a compost strategy. Not only is a composter a great place to put garden waste, but it converts your waste into a valuable product used to enrich the soil of your vegetable garden.
Compost allows the soil to hold more water and adds nutrients to the soil while providing a free source of organic fertiliser and soil conditioner.