• Spring Planting Guide – What To Plant Now Wherever You Live in Oz

    September 19, 2017 • GROW, GUIDES

    Spring is without a doubt one of the most exciting times to be a gardener. Fresh new foliage, flowers in full bloom, and lots of edible plants to sow and grow.

    Growing your own food – whether in a backyard veggie patch, a few pots on your patio, or in your local community garden – is great for the planet, your health and wellbeing, and will save you money too. Plus there is nothing like raiding your veggie patch to make your dinner!

    So what can you start planting now?

    What Edible Plants to Plant in Spring

    Little Veggie Patch - Spring Planting Guide

    For those of you in the cool climate zones (Zone 1 in the map above), wait until the risk of frost has passed in your area before planting:

    • Herbs such as coriander, mint, basil, chives, thyme, parsley, rosemary, oregano
    • Beetroot
    • Broccoli
    • Carrots
    • Cauliflower
    • Coriander
    • Kale
    • Kohl rabi
    •  Leek
    • Lettuce
    • Peas
    • Radish
    • Silverbeet
    • Spring onion
    • Squash

    In the temperate climates (Zone 2), September is a great month to plant:

    • Herbs such as coriander, mint, basil, chives, thyme, parsley, rosemary, oregano
    • Beans
    • Carrots – why not try purple carrots
    • Corn
    • Cucumber
    • Kale
    • Kohl rabi
    • leek
    • Lettuce
    • Marigold
    • Nasturtiums
    • Peas
    • Pumpkin
    • Radish
    • Silverbeet
    • Squash
    • Tomatoes
    • Zucchini

    In the subtropics (Zone 3), now is the ideal time to plant:

    • Beans
    • Beetroot
    • Capsicum
    • Carrot
    • Cauliflowers
    • Chilli
    • Corn
    • Cucumber
    • Eggplant
    • Herbs such as coriander, mint, basil, chives, thyme, parsley, rosemary, oregano
    • Kale
    • Kohl rabi
    • Leek
    • Lettuce
    • Marigold
    • Nasturtiums
    • Peas
    • Radish
    • Silverbeet
    • Squash
    • Sunflower
    • Tomatoes
    • Watermelon

    And if you live in the tropics (Zone 4):

    • Beetroot
    • Corn
    • Herbs such as coriander, mint, basil, chives, thyme, parsley, rosemary, oregano
    • Lettuce
    • Nasturtiums
    • Pumpkin
    • Radish
    • Silverbeet
    • Zucchini

    Biome stocks all of the above Little Veggie Patch heirloom seeds in-store and online here >

    Little Veggie Patch Co’s 12 Month Planting Calendar lists over 70 plants, herbs and vegetables, and helps you plan what to plant and when. Shop the 12 Month Planting Calendar here >

    Collect & Store Seeds for Next Season

    As these are heirloom, open pollinated seed varieties, you can keep the seed that these plants produce to use for next season.

    Once you collect the seeds, spread them out on a newspaper and let them air-dry for about a week.

    Pack the air-dried seeds in seed envelopes and label with the seed type, date collected, and any other special notes.

    Keep the seed envelopes in a mason jar or glass container with a tight fitting lid, in a cool, dry place. Humidity and warmth will shorten a seeds life.

    Tools to Get the Job Done

    Paper Pot Maker

     Paper Pot Press - Gardening Tools and Accessories

    This simple kit allows gardeners to make a limitless supply of sturdy but biodegradable pots for seeds, seedlings and young plants. By using old newspaper to grow your seedlings instead of plastic, you are recycling something biodegradable and creating less demand for disposable plastic products.

    Shop the paper pot maker here >

    Hand Fork Digging Tool
    Handmade Garden Fork - Gardening Tools and Accessories

    Little Veggie Patch Co’s hand fork is a premium, cast iron hand tool used for digging, planting and harvesting. Forged and assembled in Melbourne, Australia it is designed to last a lifetime, so that it never needs to be replaced.

    Shop the hand fork here >

    Hand Trowel with Bottle Opener

    Handmade Garden Trowel - Gardening Tools and Accessories

    Little Veggie Patch Co’s hand trowel bottle opener is just as comfortable digging through the veggie patch as it is opening your much deserved beverage. Made in Melbourne, Australia to last a lifetime, so that you never have to buy a trowel again.

    Shop the hand trowel here >

    Patch Helper Harvesting Tool

    Handmade Garden Harvesting Tool - Gardening Tools and Accessories

    Little Veggie Patch Co’s patch helper is designed to make harvesting fresh produce both classy and easy. Made from hand tempered steel in Melbourne, Australia it is designed to last a lifetime. That’s a lot of harvesting!

    Shop the patch helper here >

    Shop our full range of gardening tools, accessories and heirloom seeds here >

    Image of Australian climate zones thanks to Little Veggie Patch Co.