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 - July

MICROGREEN WINTER MIX

A great alternative to lettuce for fresh eating over the cooler months. This mix contains Red Russian Kale, Tatsoi, Frilly Endive and deep red beetroot leaves. When cut young the baby leaves look great together and combine to produce an earthy, warming taste sensation. Use as a stand alone vegetable mix or as a garnish.

WATERCRESS LARGE LEAF

With one of the highest anti-oxidant levels of any vegetable, you be hard-pressed to find a food that is more health-giving. A noted appetite stimulant with high vitamin C content, Watercress will help lower lipid (fat) levels and scavenge free radicals, all this at the same time as giving sandwiches and salads a delightful mild peppery flavour. It grows easily in moist soil or by water.

BROCCOLI KAILAAN

Long succulent stems topped with compact broccoli heads that open to white flowers. All parts, even the leaves, are good eating. The taste is sweet to start, then the mustard flavour comes through. Excellent steamed, in stirfires and laksas. Can be planted close together as its upright narrow habit grows well en masse.

cool Climate - August

CELERY DORATA D' ASTI

Easier to grow than other varieties, remaining crisp and juicy without the need for blanching. Snap off the lime-green stems from summer through to autumn and winter. Harvest in 15 weeks, yields 1.1kg per plant.

MIZUNA RED AND LIME STREAKS

This vibrant two tone mix has lime green and deep red delicate feathery leaves that add a spicy tang to garden salads. Sow frequently to keep up a supply of young leaves with a distinct mustard taste. Pick in just 4 weeks.

KALE TUSCAN BLACK

There's never been a vegetable so in demand as kale. We've been growing it for years for its rich antioxidant properties and now the wider public have begun to appreciate this wonder veg. With commercial growers running low on stock this season, you can be assured of your own supply by growing your own at home- the best way to be assured of simple, clean and healthy food. Kale is fantastic in soups, casseroles and health buffs love juicing the leaves and blending the juice with fruits.

warm Climate - July

Carrot St Valery

A French heirloom held in high esteem by 19th century French market gardeners. Its broad neck and long tapering orange-red roots will make it a favourite in your kitchen too. Reliable and productive, worthy of a place in all vegie gardens.

PARSNIP HOLLOW CROWN

A smooth skinned variety that has been a favourite since the 1820's. The flavour improves if stored in the soil over winter. Sow in spring in cold climates and in autumn in warmer climates.

warm Climate - August

TOMATO TEN COLOUR HEIRLOOM MIX

Grow a rainbow of tomatoes with superior flavour and yield. Includes Green Grape,Lemon Drop, Black Krim, White Beauty,Purple Russian, Broad Ripple Yellow Currant,Brown Berry and Jaune Flamm‚. SUBSTITUTES MAY APPLY..

CAPSICUM SEVEN COLOUR MIX

A rainbow collection of heirloom sweet capsicums including Sweet Chocolate, Purple Beauty, White Diamond, Yellow Marconi, Chinese Giant, Red Cubanelle and Orange Bell.

hot Climate - July

CAPSICUM QUADRATO D'ASTI GIALLO

This Italian sweet pepper is huge and blocky, ripening from green to yellow as it becomes sweeter. Thick, crisp and chunky- these are the biggest capsicums we've ever grown at Diggers.

CARROT BABY

Harvest delicious finger length carrots in 8 weeks, or leave to grow to 20cm in another two months. Good for heavy soils.

BEETROOT HEIRLOOM MIX

Green, yellow and red ribbed leaves make a colourful addition to salads, while their roots provide a unique sweet taste. Includes Chioggia, Globe, Golden and White Blankoma.

hot Climate - August

CORIANDER

Looking light and gauzy in the garden, coriander grows rapidly in the cooler months. Eat the leaves fresh, dry-fry the seeds and use the roots for that nuance of Thailand in a stir-fry or curry.

SQUASH GEM

This South African Gem is a space saving, compact vine producing grapefruit-sized squash that can be eaten fresh or stored as a mini-sized pumpkin for roasting. Sweet when small, savory when larger.

SPINACH CLIMBING MALABAR RED

A heat loving, highly decorative screening plant with twining red stems and succulent leaves for stir fries.

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What's in season

Grow your own perennial veg at home!

Plant Rhubarb (Winter Wonder, Cherry Red, Big Boy)  and Asparagus (Mary Washington, Fat Bastard, Purple Bastard) for years of bountiful harvest.

Supercharge your vegie garden with these collections (Rhubarb Garden Collection, Asparagus Collection).

Also available is the beautiful Globe Artichoke 'Violetto', a stunning perennial plant with tasty purple flower buds.

What to do in the garden for July

Visit a garden

We don't often think about visiting gardens in winter, but a winter visit can be most worthwhile. Take time to see how evergreen plants can be used as structural backbones and how hard landscaping is designed to bring together areas of the garden. 

Transplant shrubs

The winter months are the best time to move smaller deciduous plants around the garden. Dig up a good portion of the root ball, then place the plant on a tarp to move to its new location. Plant it to the same depth it was growing before and water in well. 

Grow some sprouts

Get your nutritional fix with healthy, home grown sprouts. Alfalfa, mung beans, radish and broccoli all make delicious sprouts in just 5 to 7 days. 

Growing Weeks By Area

Diggers has divided Australia into three simple sowing areas — Cool, Warm and Hot.  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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