The days are warming up, and we all know what that means! Dust off your gardening gloves, because your veggie patch is about to get a spring planting overhaul.
For gardeners and plant enthusiasts all over our great nation, the feeling that spring is just around the corner usually brings a welcome sense of excitement. While gardening has long been a well known Australian pastime, the events of the past year have signalled a rapid uptake in this hobby as we spend more time at home than ever before. Not only is gardening good for us, but it’s also encouraging a new generation to embrace growing our own food.
Thus, if you’re one of the countless Aussies that are now the proud owners of a humble veggie patch, keeping it operational all year round usually boils down to knowing what and when to plant. Thankfully, navigating spring planting is relatively easy if you’re organised, and aren’t afraid to dust off the gardening gloves before the end of winter arrives.
A Spring Planting Guide According To Your Climate
The Australian landscape and climate can be divided into roughly six categories – subtropical, wet and dry tropical, dry inland, temperate, the cool southern tableland, and Mediterranean. What grows best in one area may not necessarily translate to another, so doing your research when it comes to knowing what to plant and when certainly does pay off in the long run when it comes to giving your upcoming crop it’s best possible shot at success.
Subtropical – South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales
Basil, oregano, dill, coriander, chives, thyme, sage, parsley, snow peas, melons, squash, eggplant, corn, carrot, capsicum, cucumber, pumpkin, beetroot, lettuce, radish and tomato.
Wet And Dry Tropical – North Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia
Basil, chilli, chives, oregano, mint, ginger, lettuce, zucchini, silverbeet, corn, eggplant, tomato, radish, pumpkin, cucumber, beetroot, melons, spinach, celery, capsicum, carrot and leek.
Dry Inland – Arid or Outback Areas in Central Australia
All herbs are suggested IF they are protected from excessive heat and direct sun. For fruits and vegetables, beans, capsicum, radish and corn can do well IF protected from fruit flies and harvested by peak summer.
Temperate – Victoria, Sydney and Coastal New South Wales
Chives, mint, dill, oregano, parsley, sage, coriander, cucumber, cabbage, beetroot, zucchini, carrot, melons, beans, silverbeet, broccoli, lettuce, capsicum, corn, sweet potato, and squash.
Cool Southern Tablelands – Tasmania, Melbourne and Cool Highland Regions
Dill, sage, mint, basil, chives, oregano, thyme, parsley, eggplant, beetroot, peas, bok choi, zucchini, carrot, cucumber, leek, tomato, capsicum, onion, broccoli, celery, lettuce, corn, cauliflower, cabbage and strawberry.
Mediterranean – Adelaide and Perth
Basil, chives, parsley, coriander, oregano, thyme, dill, mint, sage, celery, tomato, zucchini, spinach, cucumber, lettuce, corn, strawberry, silverbeet, carrot, snow peas and broccoli.
After you’ve planted all your new crops for spring, they will need to be well-watered during their establishment phase, with watering becoming less frequent when the plants are more established. In very hot temperatures, your new fruits, veggies and herbs may require daily watering, preferably in the morning.
The other thing to remember is that your veggie patch can also be somewhat of a smorgasbord to many creatures and critters looking for a snack. Regular checks for both pests and weeds should be made as your seedlings establish, but considering your veggies are plants that are to be later consumed, you will want to be careful when selecting an insecticide to make sure that it is non-toxic so that they’re still safe to eat when you’re ready to harvest. Organic weed killers such as Bioweed can often provide a happy alternative to other traditional methods.
Ultimately, giving the new residents of your veggie patch the best possible shot is usually done via preventative measures. Use this time to clean up any winter debris, prune any unruly plants that you’ve ‘let go’ during the cooler months, and take care to ensure that the soil in your garden beds or backyard is ready to rumble for any new additions – but how exactly does one do that?
Giving Your Veggie Patch A Boost For Spring
Do the residents of your veggie patch – and yourself – a favour, and give them a head start by optimising your soil prior to planting. By adding a natural plant food like Biotic Booster, this will help your garden to:
- Provide essential nutrients and microbes
- Act as a liquid fertiliser to unlock your soil’s potential
- Drought proof your plants and lower water consumption
- Increase and speed up the germination process
- Assist in protecting your plants from pests and diseases
- Provide an organic solution that’s safe to use with herbs, fruit and veggies
If you’re ready to take the leap into improving the health of your plants while minimising the use of chemical based fertilisers this Spring, then it may be time to try a plant food and plant probiotics. Our Ultimate Garden Health Pack includes our Biotic Booster, FP-60 Probiotic Spray and RE-250 Soil Energiser. In each concentrated bottle, millions of natural bacterias are waiting to find a new home in your garden.
Here at Bioweed, we specialise in environmentally friendly gardening products, including herbicides, plant food and plant probiotics, and natural alternatives to traditional gardening solutions. Should you have any questions about how to improve the sustainability of your garden or even what to plant in Spring, get in touch with us today.