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Angelica Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Artichokes (Globe) Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Asparagus Plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Basil Sow seed
Beans - climbing (also Pole beans, Runner beans, Scarlet Runners) Sow seed
Beans - dwarf (also French beans, Bush beans) Sow seed
Beetroot (also Beets) Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Borage (also Burrage, Bugloss) Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Broccoli Start in seed trays or plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Brussels sprouts Sow seed
Cabbage Start in seed trays or plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Cardoon Sow seed
Cauliflower Sow seed
Chilli peppers (also Hot peppers) Sow seed
Chives (also Garden chives) Sow seed
Choko/Chayote (also Chayote squash, christophene, chouchou, mirliton) Plant tubers
Coriander (also Cilantro, Chinese parsley) Start in seed trays or plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Corn Salad (also Lamb's lettuce or Mache) Sow seed
Cowpeas (also Black eye peas, Southern peas) Sow seed
Dill Sow seed
Eggplant (also Aubergine) Start in seed trays or plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
French tarragon Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Lemon Balm (also Sweet balm, ) Sow seed
Marrow Sow seed
Mint (also Garden mint) Sow seed
Mustard greens (also gai choy) Sow seed
NZ Spinach (also Warrigal greens) Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Okra (also Ladyfinger, gumbo) Sow seed
Onion Sow seed
Oregano (also Pot Marjoram) Sow seed
Parsley (also curly leaf parsley or flat leaf (Italian) parsley) Start in seed trays or plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Potato Plant seed potatoes
Pumpkin Sow seed
Rockmelon (also Canteloupe) Sow seed
Rosella (also Queensland Jam Plant, Roselle) Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Rosemary Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Sage (also Common Sage) Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Salsify (also Vegetable oyster) Sow seed
Savory - summer savory (also 'Bean Herb') Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Savory - winter savory (also Savory) Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Strawberries (from seeds) Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Strawberry Plants Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Sunflower Start in seed trays or plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Sweet corn (also maize) Sow seed
Sweet Marjoram (also Knotted marjoram) Sow seed
Sweet Potato (also Kumara) Plant crowns
Thyme (also Common thyme) Sow seed
Tomatillo Sow seed
Watermelon Sow seed
Zucchini (also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash) Sow seed

Planning for January

Artichokes (Globe) Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Asparagus Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Basil Sow seed
Beans - climbing (also Pole beans, Runner beans, Scarlet Runners) Sow seed
Beans - dwarf (also French beans, Bush beans) Sow seed
Broccoli Start in seed trays or plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Brussels sprouts Start in seed trays or plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Cabbage Start in seed trays or plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Cardoon Sow seed
Carrot Sow seed
Cauliflower Sow seed
Chilli peppers (also Hot peppers) Sow seed
Chives (also Garden chives) Sow seed
Choko/Chayote (also Chayote squash, christophene, chouchou, mirliton) Plant tubers
Coriander (also Cilantro, Chinese parsley) Start in seed trays or plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Cowpeas (also Black eye peas, Southern peas) Sow seed
Dill Sow seed
Eggplant (also Aubergine) Plant out (transplant) seedlings
French tarragon Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Kohlrabi Sow seed
Leeks Sow seed
Lemon Balm (also Sweet balm, ) Sow seed
Marrow Sow seed
Mint (also Garden mint) Sow seed
Mustard greens (also gai choy) Sow seed
Okra (also Ladyfinger, gumbo) Sow seed
Onion Start in seed trays or plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Oregano (also Pot Marjoram) Sow seed
Parsley (also curly leaf parsley or flat leaf (Italian) parsley) Start in seed trays or plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Potato Plant seed potatoes
Rosemary Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Sage (also Common Sage) Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Strawberry Plants Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Sunflower Start in seed trays or plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Sweet Marjoram (also Knotted marjoram) Sow seed
Tomatillo Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Watermelon Sow seed
Zucchini (also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash) Sow seed

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Recent Comments

  • 09 Dec - Brian Cossill
    is there any sense in using a rhubarb forcer to increase the length of the stalks during the growing season in NZ cheers Brian
    in Rhubarb
  • 09 Dec - Donna Georgiou
    I would like to grow black eye beans (cowpeas) for family use as we like them fresh as well as dry , would I be able to purchase seeds . [Gardenate: we don't sell any seeds or plants]
    in Cowpeas
  • 09 Dec - Linda
    Hi Grahame, can you tell me what type of seeds you used please where they from a packet or out of a fresh melon? Thanks
    in Watermelon
  • 09 Dec - jenny mullins
    I was told never to trim the ferny bits as they harness strength for the crown & help develop bigger & better spears for the following season. Is this incorrect. I bought crowns from K-Mart over 1...
    in Asparagus
  • 08 Dec - Susan in Canberra
    Hi Allan, is it possible that the thinnings were stressed by being pulled out & replanted and this caused them to bolt ahead of the original plantings?
    in Onion
  • 08 Dec - Julie
    something is eating my tomatoes as soon as they get a bit if pink on them. Any advice or assistance. We have put up netting to stop the birds but still happening
    in Tomato
  • 07 Dec - Jo
    I’ve noticed my capsicum is very small this year same as last year. Has been in for about 6 wks and is only about 6-7 inches tall. Been regularly watered and fertilised?
    in Capsicum

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