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 - June

PEA SNOW CLIMBING

Crisp, sweet pea pods to stir-fry, steam or eat raw. Yields 200g per plant.

SPRING ONION RED

Brilliant crimson bulbs rich in antioxidants. Will grow into bulbs that can be used like shallots if left in the ground, or pick the green stems early and use as you would regular spring onions.

ONION BARLETTA

Lift early for pickling at 7 weeks or leave a further 9 weeks to mature and harvest as a versatile white salad or cooking onion.

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.

warm Climate - June

ROQUETTE APOLLO

We love the large round fleshy leaves of Apollo as they spice up salads and are so quick and easy to grow and harvest.

PEA PURPLE PODDED DUTCH

Definitely our most beautiful pea, the pretty pink flowers are followed by dark bluish-purple pods that conceal the bright green, plump peas. Also known as Capucinjer peas, these are a favoutire amongst the Ducth. Believed to have been grown by Capuchin monks in the 16th century these are the best variety for drying and using in soups or for any recipe requiring marow fat peas. Yields 280g per plant.

BROAD BEAN AQUADULCE

A heavy cropping early strain with fragrant black and white flowers. Wonderful emerald green beans are one of the first treasures of the spring harvest. Plus like all members of the legume family, Broad Beans are one of the most effective green manure crops, adding valuable nitrogen to the soil. Reward your garden and plant a crop today!

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.

hot Climate - June

ASPARAGUS SWEET PURPLE

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

BEAN BLUE LAKE CLIMBING

A home garden favourite since 1885 with an exceptional rating in our taste test of 32 beans. 12cm long tasty fat pods.

MARIGOLD RED MARIETTA

A cheeky little French marigold with bright red and yellow flowers that keep bad bugs at bay, making it an ideal edging plant for vegie gardens. One of the best companion plants for tomatoes.

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.

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What's in season

Grow your own organic herbs at home!

Lemon Verbena for a soothing cup of tea, French Tarragon - a mild aniseed flavour, the perfect accompaniment to chicken, Golden Marjoram, a great edging plant with bags of flavour and Rosemary Tuscan blue - roast lamb's best friend.

Get your kitchen garden growing in super quick time with Diggers Kitchen Garden Collection - 10 herb plants in total to give you a good head start.

Grow your own garlic

Raspberries and Blueberries

Flowers

♦ Seeds to sow now

What to do in June

Plant strawberry runners

Bare root strawberries can be planted now. Build up the soil to form a small ridge; this ensures that the plants will not get wet feet. Keep a look out for pesky snails and set traps if they become a problem.

Cut back green manure crops

Early sown crops of green manures can be cut back before they begin to flower. Slash down the foliage with a brush-cutter and dig it into the soil to break down.

Prune back raspberry canes

Plan to prune raspberry canes soon. Autumn fruiting varieties are simply cut back to the ground, whilst summer fruiting varieties need to be tip pruned to develop fruiting canes next season. 

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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