Spring planting guide by region
Ever wondered why the herbs and vegetables you attempt to grow die? It might be that you’re putting them into the ground at the wrong time of year. Or maybe they’re just not suitable for the climate that you live in. Here’s a spring planting guide that we’ve put together by region. We hope it will give you some ideas and inspiration for your garden this spring. Remember: it’s always best to plant things that you love to eat.
Temperate areas (Sydney, coastal NSW and Victoria)
Herbs: basil, coriander, dill, mint, oregano, sage, parsley, chives and thyme.
Vegetables: beetroot, cucumber, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, capsicum, eggplant, endive, lettuce, melons, okra, onion, parsnip, potato, pumpkin, radish, rhubarb, silverbeet, spring onion, squash, sweet corn, sweet potato, tomato and zucchini.
Subtropical (south-east Qld & northern NSW)
Herbs: basil, chives, mint, oregano, parsley, coriander, dill, sage and thyme.
Vegetables: beans, beetroot broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, chicory, Chinese cabbage, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, melons, mustard, onion, parsnip, potato, pumpkin, radish, tomato, silverbeet, squash, sweet corn, sweet potato, and watermelon.
Wet and dry tropical (north Qld, NT & WA)
Herbs: basil, chilli, chives, dill, ginger, mint, oregano and parsley.
Vegetables: beetroot, carrot, chilli, Chinese cabbage, choko, capsicum, corn, cucumber, French beans, eggplant, leek, lettuce, onion, radish, rockmelon, silverbeet, spinach, squash, sweet potato, pumpkin, tomato, watermelon and zucchini.
Cool/Southern Tablelands (Melbourne, Tas & cool highlands)
Herbs: basil, chives, coriander, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, sage and thyme.
Vegetables: beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, endive, leek, lettuce, onion, pak choi, pea, spinach, spring onion, strawberry, sweet corn, zucchini and tomato.
Dry inland (arid or outback areas)
Herbs: inland areas have a good climate for growing types of herbs. But you need to protect most plants from the heat towards the end of spring.
Vegetables: by spring it’s usually too late in the year to plant new vegetables. However, beans, capsicum, onion, radish and sweet corn can survive if harvested before summer begins. Watch out for fruit fly.
Mediterranean (Adelaide & Perth)
Herbs: basil, chives, dill, mint, coriander, parsley, sage and thyme.
Vegetables: broccoli, carrot, celery, cucumber, silverbeet, snow pea, spinach, strawberry, lettuce, sweet corn, zucchini and tomato.