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Planting in Canada - Zone 8a Mild Temperate regions

Planting in December - Gardenate

Leeks Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Shallots (also Eschalots) Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks

Planning for January

Artichokes (Globe) Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Asparagus Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Beans - broad beans, fava beans (also Fava bean) Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Broccoli Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Brussels sprouts Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Cabbage Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Capsicum (also Bell peppers, Sweet peppers) Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Cardoon Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Cauliflower Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Chilli peppers (also Hot peppers) Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Collards (also Collard greens, Borekale) Sow seed
Eggplant (also Aubergine) Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Kale (also Borecole) Sow seed
Leeks Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Lettuce Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Mizuna (also Japanese Greens, Mitzuna, Mibuna) Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Onion Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Pak Choy (also Pak choi) Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Parsley (also curly leaf parsley or flat leaf (Italian) parsley) Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Peas Sow seed
Rosemary Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Rutabaga (also Swedes) Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Shallots (also Eschalots) Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Spring onions (also Scallions, Bunching onions, Welsh onion) Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Tomato Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Turnip Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks

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Recent comments/tips

  • 11 Dec - Val
    Wash, cut into cubes put in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Just bring to the boiling stage and drain off the excess water. Add sugar to taste PLUSS a mashed banana or some cooked apple. I f...
    in Rhubarb
  • 11 Dec - Gary
    Hi Cheryl, pumpkins and the like start off with plenty of male flowers, so that when the female flowers form (which should be any time now) there are plenty of male flowers to be able to pollinate...
    in Pumpkin
  • 11 Dec - Michelle
    Usually the first flowers on a plant are male - be patient! These are used to pollinate the female flowers that will form shortly.
    in Pumpkin
  • 10 Dec - mahlatsi j mokone
    I plant my carolinacross watermelon on 20nvember 2017 it ryte time or wat?
    in Watermelon
  • 10 Dec - Hamsa
    When it gets hot, rocket goes to seeds, collect the seeds when they dry and sow them in autumn and you will have rocket in autumn, winter and spring
    in Rocket
  • 10 Dec - Hamsa
    I live in the cool mountains but I manage to grow chillies and bitter melon. It is best to start the seeds in a green house, if you don’t have one, cover the pots with plastic sheets but remember ...
    in Chilli peppers
  • 09 Dec - Kenneth Chagunda
    thanks John for reply for your on beet root diseases
    in Beetroot

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