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When Is The Best Time To Start A Vegetable Garden?

when to start a vegetable garden

Living in the sunny, sub-tropical climate of South-East Queensland, we are lucky enough to have temperate climates that allow vegetable gardening in every season. However, it’s important to choose the right herbs and veggies to plant in each season to maximise your harvest.

When it comes to planting a vegetable garden, timing is everything. That’s why we’ve out together this easy to follow, seasonal guide to vegetable gardening. If you’re unsure about which veggies to plant in your area, ask at your local garden centre for top tips and advice.

A Seasonal Guide To Vegetable Gardening In South-East Queensland


Spring

It may come as no shock that spring is a great time of year for vegetable gardening. The temperate spring climate means that there is a huge range of herbs and vegetables that will thrive at this time of year including:

Herbs To Plant In Spring:

  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Coriander
  • Dill
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Sage
  • Thyme

Vegetables To Plant In Spring:

  • Beans
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Capsicum
  • Carrot
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Lettuce
  • Melons
  • Onion
  • Parsnip
  • Potato
  • Pumpkin
  • Radish
  • Silver Beet
  • Squash
  • Sweet Corn
  • Sweet Potato
  • Tomato
  • Watermelon


Summer

Though Brisbane summers bring sweltering heat, our sub tropical climate also provides ample rain to ensure the healthy growth of herbs and vegetables through this season.

There are plenty of herbs and vegetables that you can grow in summer including:

Herbs To Plant In Summer

  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Coriander
  • Fennel
  • Lemongrass
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Tarragon

Vegetables To Plant In Summer

  • Artichoke
  • Beans
  • Capsicum
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Melons
  • Onion
  • Silver Beet
  • Spring Onion
  • Squash
  • Sweet Potato
  • Tomato

Note: When planting in summer, it’s important to remember that your plants will require more watering throughout the warmer months. Make sure to water your plants in the early morning or late afternoon to ensure that they are able to soak up as much water as they can.


Autumn

For many herbs and vegetables, autumn is the perfect season with weather that is not too hot or cold and a steady flow of rain. The mild autumn weather makes great growing conditions for a range of herbs and veggies including:

Herbs To Plant In Autumn:

  • Coriander
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rocket
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Winter Tarragon

Vegetables To Plant In Autumn:

  • Broad Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Lettuce
  • Onion
  • Peas
  • Radish
  • Shallots
  • Spinach
  • Spring Onion
  • Turnip

Top Tip: the herbs and vegetables that thrive in autumn are also the perfect veggies to make hearty autumn meals and stews.


Winter

In many locations across the globe, winter is a frosty time of year where temperatures regularly drop below freezing. Fortunately for us, the sub tropical climate of South East Queensland means that there are still a number of herbs and vegetables that can be planted and even thrive in the winter including:

Herbs To Plant In Winter:

  • Chamomile
  • Dill
  • Garlic
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Sage
  • Thyme

Vegetables To Plant In Winter:

  • Artichoke
  • Spinach
  • Silver Beet
  • Lettuce
  • Early Maturing Cabbage


So, when is the best time to start a vegetable garden? The warm, temperate climate of South East Queensland means that there are plenty of herbs and vegetables that will thrive at any time of the year. If you’re thinking about starting your own vegetable garden visit your local Brisbane Garden Centre and ask about which plants are best to grow at this time of year.

For quality seeds, seedlings, plants, gardening supplies and advice, visit your local Brisbane Southside garden centre at Wellers Hill Hardware or call us on 07 3848 1682.

Happy gardening.

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