Seeds to sow in the garden this month

Some handy suggestions on seeds to sow in your garden now, no matter which climate zone you live in.

If you are looking for a more comprehensive list of what to sow, check out the list of seeds to sow here.

cool Climate - November

ASPARAGUS SWEET PURPLE

With a 20% higher sugar content than the green asparagus this purple asparagus has a wonderful mild earthy flavour when cooked.

COSMOS PICOTEE

Picotee is a reminder of how cottage gardens used to be- wild, romantic and colourful. Step back in time and enjoy the beauty of these starry white and pink blooms that dance above fern-like green foliage.

BEAN SEX WITHOUT STRINGS

Description from an old seed catalogue reads "Sensuous and tender, the golden curves of this dwarf butter wax bean are available to all with no strings attached." Yields 310g/plant.

cool Climate - December

TOMATO GREEN GRAPE

Delicious olive green fruit with a with a refreshing lemon zest are produced in abundance on this compact plant. Harvest in 10-12 weeks, yields 4.9kg/plant.

ROCKMELONS OF THE WORLD MIX

A selection of our best tasting melons that are as easy to grow as zucchini. Plant directly into warm soil in late spring and you will be harvesting drool-worthy melons at the end of summer! Includes Banana, Canary and the new pockmelon Richsweetness

warm Climate - November

CARROT ATOMIC RED

Carrots are one of the oldest cultivated vegetables and Atomic Red is the deepest red, non-hybrid variety we could find. Red carrots contain the highest levels of the cancer fighting anti-oxidant lycopene. Eat one a day to keep the doctor away ...

SWEET PEA HEAVENLY SCENTED MIX

A delightful mix of our most fragrant, old-fashioned favourites. A delightful mix of our most fragrant, old-fashioned favourites. We've included Dorothy Eckford that is pure white, Flora Norton a very pretty pale mauve, Lord Nelson navy blue and the famously striped Spencer Ripple. All are sweetly scented and combine beautifully in a vase.

WATERMELON BLACKTAIL MOUNTAIN

The most cold tolerant of watermelons, and as the name suggests, this is the one for cooler mountain climates. Yields glassy dark, cannon ball-like 5kg fruit with sweet, succulent red flesh. The colour contrast of rich red flesh and near-black skin is picture perfect. 15 weeks to harvest. 4 fruit per plant, 5kg per fruit.

warm Climate - December

SUNFLOWER GIANT RUSSIAN

Huge golden yellow heads up to 50cm across. Keep protected from winds and birds. The best variety for edible seeds.

CUCUMBER SWEET AND STRIPED

Our sweetest cucumber that can grow to 1 metre long. Elegantly curled, ribbed and striped. Burp free. Yields roughly 12 fruit per plant.

hot Climate - November

RADISH FRENCH BREAKFAST

Oblong, rose-scarlet radishes with crisp white flesh. Mildly pungent flavoured roots. Harvest in just 35 days when roots are still small.

POPPY FLANDERS FIELD

Diggers favourite heirloom flower and one of the most widely recognised flowers for its significance in honouring fallen soldiers on Remembrance Day. It's always one of the first spring flowers to bloom on the battlefields of France, and it's commonly said to symbolise the blood of lost soldiers. Plant this season to be a part of the WW1 commerations.

PAK CHOY

Thick, curved succulent leaves are a must for stir-fries and Asian soups. Grow quickly in a rich, moist soil to harvest in about 8 weeks. Yields 110g per plant.

hot Climate - December

CHIVES GARLIC

Strappy leaves with a mild garlic flavour. Ideal for stir fries. Also makes an ideal companion plant in the vegetable garden.

SUMMER MEADOW MIX

An exclusive mix of meadow flowers formulated by Diggers own seed manager, Evette. It provides a riotous mix of colours throughout spring and summer. Includes Zinnia, Californian Poppies, Cornflower, Cosmos, Flax, Rhodanthe, Dill and Barley. The colourful display captured the attention of many city visitors, including bugs and bees, and was featured on Gardening Australia. Water as you would you vegie patch and you too can have a a long-lasting colourful flower patch this summer.

SWEET CORN TRUE GOLD

Traditional, open pollinated corn is getting harder to find as sweeter hybrids become more popular. Don't be deterred - this is corn as it should be - crisp, buttery and true corn flavour.

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Things to do in November

Feed your plants

The garden will be full of spring colour now and summer perennials will be preparing to flower soon. To get the best display for months on end, feed your plants regularly with a good quality compost or organic fertiliser. 

Apply mulch to garden beds

With summer just around the corner, now is the time to mulch garden beds to conserve soil moisture over the drier months to come. A layer of about 8-10cm is generally ideal for most beds. 

Keep an eye out for bugs

Pests love to feed on the lush spring growth so at this time of year be ready to act. Aphids are attracted to new growth and can spread diseases from one plant to another. Threat them with a chilli and garlic remedy, soapy water or a leave them to the Lady Bugs!

Plants For November

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Growing Weeks By Area

Diggers has divided Australia into five simple sowing areas — Cool, WarmHot, Subtropical, Tropical.  These are determined by the number of growing weeks with an average temperature above 15°C each area can expect in a year.

For example, some annuals like beefsteak tomatoes need 16 growing weeks to flower and fruit - this means they will struggle when grown outdoors in Hobart, which only has 13 growing weeks.

Our map tells you at a glance what time of year to sow your seeds for the best results in your area.

Click below for a full-sized map to help you locate your growing area.

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