Right time for planting vegies

GREEN THUMBS: Sandra Keating and Margaret Burns planting capsicums.
GREEN THUMBS: Sandra Keating and Margaret Burns planting capsicums. Daniel Elliott

THE groundwork has been done and planting at Ballandean's Bent and Haynes Farms is in full swing.

Fertilising and ground preparation started on the vegetable farm during the first week of July and Bent and Haynes partner Rodney Haynes said the next harvest's tomato and capsicum crops were busily being sown.

"We have been planting since September 3 and will continue until approximately the first week in January," he said.

"Our harvest window stretches from approximately Christmas until the first frosts at the end of April."

Mr Haynes said with recent warm weather the early season was going well.

"We like good warm conditions and enough rain to keep the creek running," he said.

"If conditions can keep slowly warming up with good rain but no damaging storms and providing it doesn't turn to drought it is not a bad thing for growing tomatoes and vegetables.

"If it is a warm spring we should start harvesting tomatoes around December 15 and red capsicums early in January."

Mr Haynes said the Granite Belt's unique climate gave vegetable growers in the region a unique advantage compared to other areas.

"Tomato wise we're lucky with our harvest time slot because Bowen is finished, Bundaberg has slowed down and Victoria hasn't started yet," he said.

"It gives us a few weeks where hopefully supply drops off from other growing regions."

Topics:  grow your own vegetable garden

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