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 - April
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!
Harvest early for pure white compact heads. The small compact size means
you can plant closer at 20cm spacings
A vibrant healthy mix of all of the essential ingredients for a good stir
fry. It contains white stemmed Pak Choy, Tatsoi or Chinese Flat Cabbage,
the slightly peppery Tokyo Bekana, crisp and the superbly fragrant
Coriander. Just add a protein component and you will have a delicious
cool Climate - May
With soft feathery leaves that add a subtle anise flavour to simple dishes
and seeds that can be used in vinegars and pickles, Dill also helps in the
war against cabbage white butterfly- the flowers attract a native wasp
that is a natural predator of this vegie garden pest.
Harvest the stems, flowers and leaves and use in stir-fries or steam as
broccoli. Prolong the harvest by picking before the flower buds open.
Yields 750g per plant.
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.
warm Climate - April
With a 20% higher sugar content than the green asparagus this purple
asparagus has a wonderful mild earthy flavour when cooked.
A lettuce that is also used a celery - strange but true. This ancient
Chinese vegetable is much sought-after by those that know it, branded 'the
next big thing' in Epicurious, so get ahead of the curve with this new (to
the west anyway) vegetable. Grow and harvest young leaves as a lettuce
then cut the succulent stems when they run to seed, reaching 30-40cm high.
Painted Lady was the very first sweet pea to bred by plant enthusiasts in
the mid eighteenth century and it's still a favourite for gardeners today.
The most fragrant of them all with bicolour pink and white blooms and
strong stems for cutting.
warm Climate - May
Oblong, rose-scarlet radishes with crisp white flesh. Mildly pungent
flavoured roots. Harvest in just 35 days when roots are still small.
Introduced to American gardeners way back in 1826 this heirloom
variety has thick, crinkled bright green leaves that are rich
in antioxidants and vitamins. Continually pick the outside leaves.
Our famous everlasting mix. Dappled shades of pink and white are so easy
to raise. Naturalises and perfect for drying as ever-lasting flowers.
hot Climate - April
Rich purple cocktail sized fruits and ornamental purple leaves ready to
pick in 13 weeks from transplant. Slice and grill on the BBQ, or dice up
for a delicious ratatouille. Yields 2.4kg per plant.
So sweet it doesn't need cooking, with plump yellow and white kernels.
Harvest in 12 weeks. Sow >20 C soil temperature.
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 - May
Aptly named for their dark, sweet and juicy flesh which makes them look
just like cherries, which we all adore. Purple-black, round and
exceptionally sweet fruit that is above even the Tommy Toe flavour
standard. Very good disease resistance results from a strong and vigorous
plant. Harvest in 9 weeks from transplant, yields 7.5kg/plant.
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.
Perfect for those gardeners beginning their flower adventure because these
are just so easy to grow. A brilliant mix of reds, yellows and oranges
look wonderful cascading from hanging baskets and over garden edges.