Garden herbs container

Winter Vegetable Garden

Preparing vegetables grow in Winter

The southern region of Australia experiences night time temperatures of around 8 deg Celcius. The soil temperature sits at about 15 deg Celcius or less.

What should I grow?

  • Cabbage, spinach, lettuce, celery, carrots and cauliflower
  • Onions, leek, spring onions, radish and turnips

Sowing and planting of new crops into the garden is generally not recommended. When the soil is cold, sap flow in plants is sluggish, roots take up minimal moisture and nutrients and growth slows right down. Seeds will not germinate until the soil warms again in spring, and young seedlings may succumb to the cold before they have a chance to acclimatise and start growing Mid year in the south is mostly about harvesting the traditional winter crops while waiting for the weather to warm up in spring for the sowing and planting of summer vegetables.