Time to start getting your Winter veggies growing!
I can't emphasise enough how important it is to plant the right veggies during the correct season.
Knowing what to plant and when seems to be one of the biggest struggles, particularly for the newbie gardener, so I thought I would put together this guide on Winter crops and when to plant them!
Note - this guide is based on temperate areas in Australia, and Perth in particular. Planting guides will vary for different climates/regions, so if you would like more info about your local area just get in touch.
Your Winter Harvest
Now that we are in the midst of Autumn (apparently...it can be kinda hard to tell in Perth these days!), it's time to start focusing on our Winter harvest.
There are so many Winter veggies that you could plant, so I've condensed the list down to some of the more common and readily available varieties, as well as easy growing plants.
And remember - plant what you will actually want to eat! It seems really obvious, there's really no point in putting a tonne of effort into growing something you dont want to eat! But who knows, you might find something delicious you've never tried before too...
Leafy greens can be planted all year round in temperate climates, and the best part is that even when starting from seed, they are very fast growing!
You can't go wrong with the likes of Spinach, Silverbeet, Mixed Lettuce and Rocket or even Pak Choi.
Probably somewhat self explanatory, but root vegetables are those which have the edible part grown underground. Planting these guys in Autumn while the ground is still warm will give the best chance of a good yield come Winter time.
Our faves are Beetroot, Potato, Onions, Spring Onions and Garlic.
Photo: Coastal Eden
Plants from the Brassica family include Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Kale.
April and May are perfect times to plant these vegetables to be ready for Winter.
A word of warning though - in our experience, Brassicas have always seemed highly susceptible to insect and caterpillar attack, so be sure to give your plants a thorough check each day!
Peas and Beans
These yummy vegetables love to climb, so plant them with a wooden trellis to work their way up.
We have grown Sugar Snap Peas and Snow Peas from seed this year, and they are now ready to be put in the ground.
Many herbs can be grown year round, but a few particularly good ones to plant at this time of the year are chives and corriander.
We love growing starwberries, and both our children love nothing more than picking the fruit off the bush.
We started with two strawberry plants, and in the space of a couple of seasons, we have managed to turn them into about 20 new plants!
Plant your strawberry plants now and your family will be picking them soon. Just be sure to minimise water on the leaves and try to avoid having the actual fruit in direct contact with soil. Pots or hanging baskets are ideal to the foliage and fruit can hang over the sides.
What's Growing in our Veggie Garden?
All three of our home veggie gardens get full sun for most of the day at this time of the year, so the ground gets lovely and warm for our new plants.
Our current crop which is growing at the moment is from a mixture of seeds and seedlings and includes:
- Mixed Lettuce
- Red, Brown and Spring Onions
- Snow Peas
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Plus our year round supply of herbs - rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano, sage, parsely (this self germinates/sows and randomly pops up).
Plus a few technically out of season veggies that somehow are still growing, perhaps due to the amount of sun they get, but we aren't entirely sure!
Tomatoes - most of our tomato plants are self seeded, which means that they pop up by themselves from fruit which has dropped into the soil in previous crops. Our tomato plants grow and produce fruit both in and out of season which is a bit odd. But we're not complaining!
Sweet potato - technically for our temperate area, you should plant sweet potato in October for an April harvest. But ours again pop up randomly from the original crop we planted. Our vine has started taking off again now, possibly due to the warm weather we've been having, so it will be interesting to see when they will be ready to dig up!
Pumpkin - we have had lots of success growing pumpkins from seeds which we collected from a butternut pumpkin I cooked with only a few weeks ago. Again we have planted them slightly out of season, but we will leave them in their pots until the correct time to put them in the ground.
So now it's time for you to get into the garden!
What will you be planting in your edible garden this weekend? We would love to see your photos and hear your story!
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