Autumn is a great time to plant vegetables that you can eat throughout winter, however you need to get in there quickly before the frost season starts. By April you are generally better off planting out seedlings, with a few exceptions such as garlic, onions, broad beans and peas.
Here are some suggestions of what can be planted in early to mid-autumn:
- Asian Greens for quick results.
- A range of brassicas do well in autumn but will need quite a long time to mature, including: Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli and Cauliflower, Kale and Chinese and European Cabbages.
- Broad Beans and Peas are not only great to eat but are also good for your soil.
- Garlic, Leeks and Onions do very well in our climate.
- Corn salad, Spinach, Endives and Lettuce will give good results and provide great leafy green ingredients for a lovely winter salad.
- You can still plant Silverbeet, but early frosts may slow down growth.
- You could try Carrots, too, but success varies very much depending on how early and how long the first frost periods are.
And if you have a bumper crop, why not swap some for something you didn’t grow at one of our food swaps at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market?
Or come along to the Bungendore Community Garden and meet other keen gardeners and find out more! We meet regularly at the gardens on the first and third Monday of each month from 10am to 12noon for garden maintenance and a chat. BYO chair and coffee.