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 - January

LETTUCE HEIRLOOM MIX

A splendid mix of some of our favourite heirloom lettuces that bring colour and flavour from the garden to the table. Includes Tennis Ball, Rouge d'Hiver, Freckles, Tango and Red Leprechaun.

SWEET CORN HONEY and CREAM F1

So sweet it doesn't need cooking, with plump yellow and white kernels. Harvest in 12 weeks. Sow >20 C soil temperature.

cool Climate - February

ZINNIA CALIFORNIA GIANTS

A rainbow of colours to uplift the soul and to lure ladybirds and butterflies to your garden. Bright blooms of coral pink, vivid orange, reds, yellows and purples are not at all bothered by the heat of summer. Flowers for months and lasts for ever in a vase.

BROCCOLI DE CICCO

Traditional Italian sprouting broccoli. Harvest the central head first to promote vigorous side shoots for up to 6 months. Harvest in 9 weeks from transplant. Yields 1.1kg/plant.

CABBAGE RED DRUMHEAD

Magnificently ornamental and loaded with anti-oxidants. A favourite for edible landscapes. Heads of up to 3.3 kg.

warm Climate - January

CALENDULA GREEN HEART ORANGE

For brilliant sunny colour on grey winter days, Calendula is always reliable. Use the bright orange petals as a gourmet treat on salads. One of the best companion plants.

CARROT HEIRLOOM MIX

An exclusive Digger's mix exploding with colours from red to white and purple to yellow. Succulent and sweet, these carrots hold their colour when cooked, adding an exciting dimension to meals and salads.

SPRING ONION EVERGREEN

A verstaile easy to grow vegie that can be used in a range of dishes from salads to stir fries. They add a touch of heat without making your eyes water like their other onion cousins.

warm Climate - February

COSMOS PINKIE

A very pretty mix of cosmos in delightful shades of pink. Brighten up your summer with this easy to grow cottage garden annual.

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.

CABBAGE MINI WONGBOK

A baby Chinese cabbage with crisp, almost white heads to use in salads, stir-fries or pickled for kimchi. Best grown with plenty of water and in rich soil for optimal results. Be sure to keep the slugs and snails away as they like it as much as we do. Quicker to harvest than other cabbages.

hot Climate - January

BEAN SNAKE YARD LONG

These extraordinarily long thin beans have a flavour similar to asparagus. A sought after variety for Asian cuisine, they look fantastic in any dish. Thrives in the tropics. Harvest in 17 weeks. Yields around 200 grams per plant.

LEEK JAUNE DU POITOU

This French heirloom from the province of Poitou has fan-like yellow green leaves and wide shanks.

ORGANIC BASIL SWEET

This is the true basil favoured by continental cooks. Grow half a dozen plants and you will have enough to pick fresh all summer, and to make pesto that you can freeze for quick pasta dishes in the winter.

hot Climate - February

BROCCOLI PURPLE SPROUTING

The ultimate cut and come gain vegetable, this broccoli keeps on producing for months. Delicious, full of antioxidants and visually spectacular with its wondrous spires of deep purple florets. Harvest in 10 weeks from transplant, yields 1kg per plant.

ZUCCHINI BLACK BEAUTY

Pick flowers for stuffing or leave fruit until it is 15cm long. Produces more fruit than the standard hybrid Black Jack. Just 9 weeks to harvest.

SUNFLOWER VAN GOGH

Create the perfect Van Gough landscape. Tall statuesque single stemmed plants. Large traditional gold flowers with strongly curved petals. 75 days to flower, 6days vase life. Height to 1.5m.

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What's in season

There’s plenty to do in the garden right now; eat, drink, be merry! This is the fun bit. Your beds should be mulched to protect them from the summer heat, prune your fruit trees (members: fact sheet on summer pruning HERE) and get into regular watering habits to keep your plants happy and thriving. Watch out for the members Summer Garden Magazine from the end of December. 

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Things to do in January

Summer pruning of fruit trees

Start to think about pruning fruit trees after you have harvested the fruit. Pruning at this time of year will restrict the growth of the tree, making it the ideal time to prune espaliered fruits. 

Give fruit trees a good, deep water

If it's been a dry summer, give your fruit trees a good, deep water once a week. This is better than a daily, light water than will only reach roots close to the surface. It will also prevent fruit from splitting. 

Fill up the bird baths

It is not just plants that need a drink over summer! Keep bird baths topped up to help the wildlife cool down. Birds will love having a splash around and it is delightful to watch. 

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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