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 - February

BEETROOT CHIOGGIA

Concentrically eccentric, this was traditionally grown just outside of Venice where it has been part of the cusine since 1538. 60 gram roots at 8 week harvest.

BROCCOLI WALTHAM

Forms large, nutritious heads. The side shoots can be picked for up to 3 months, with a harvest of over 1kg per plant.

CABBAGE JANUARY KING

This semi-savoy variety wraps itself in shades of turquoise, pink, blue and green leaves. Prefers a little shade. Heads of up to 6.5kg.

CAULIFLOWER SICILY PURPLE

An Italian heirloom with brilliant bright purple heads that shine in the vegetable garden and on the plate. A delight to grow and eat this cauli is packed with cancer fighting antioxidants.

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.

KALE RED RUSSIAN

Winner of our spring 2015 kale taste tests! The tender blue-green leaves are blushed with purple and were the stand out winners in our steamed and raw taste tests. If you are looking to add a new superfood to your list then this is the one for you.

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.

SILVERBEET FIVE COLOUR MIX

Dazzling, colourful and extremely nutritious. Midribs of red, orange, yellow, pink or white make this the perfect fountaining accent plant for any flower or vegetable garden. Listed in Vilmorin's Vegetable Garden 1888, and also called Rainbow Chard we grew this for its re-introduction into the US for What's Old is New, where it became a best seller and a signature plant for heirlooms.

SPRING ONION EVERGREEN

A versatile 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.

cool Climate - March

BLUE SEA HOLLY

Blue thimbles on vibrant stems will handle even the toughest garden conditions. This spikey character adds interest to our border, curious amongst the Agastache and Coneflowers. A superb cut flower.

CABBAGE MINI WOMBOK

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.

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 - February

CABBAGE MINI WOMBOK

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.

RADISH HEIRLOOM MIX

A kaleidescope of healthy bright round radishes that add a spicy punch to salads and sandwiches. Includes golden Helios, Purple Plum, scarlet Round Red, pink and white Watermelon and Black Spanish.

BEETROOT GLOBE

The most popular of sweet roots for roasting or pickling. 80 gram roots at 8 week harvest.

PEA SNOW CLIMBING

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

SILVERBEET COLOURED CULINARY MIX

This 'NEW' collection has been specifically selected from our 2017 trials as the ultimate mix for the home gourmet. With large flat leaves for ease of preparation, this is bound to be your go to green.

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.

LETTUCE AUSTRALIAN YELLOW LEAF

We are proud to be a part of the re-introduction of this Australian heirloom. Unique lime-yellow leaves are a favourite amongst Diggers staff. Beautiful in the garden and on the plate.

LEEK KING RICHARD

The King of leeks! An excellent early variety. Produces extra long shanks with a creamy texture.

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.

warm Climate - March

BEETROOT BURPEES GOLDEN

Exceptionally sweet roots and leaves, ideal for salads and messy eaters as it doesn't bleed like the red varieties. 60 gram roots at 8 week harvest.

WILDFLOWERS WALTZING MATILDA

A mix of true-blue Australian wildflowers that can only be found in the bush and not in a pot in a nursery! Bring the bush back one seed at a time... Mix includes Billy Buttons, Everlastings, Rock Daisy and Helichrysum

SILVERBEET FORDHOOK

Traditional and reliable with delicious, deep-green leaves and white stems.

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.

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.

CARROT PARIS MARKET

Small, round roots grow well in pots, shallow soil and heavy clay. Best eaten when young.

CARROT PURPLE DRAGON

First recorded in Spain around 1100 AD, the original Afghan three-coloured carrot was grown in the Middle East for many years before this, it is in- fact the antecedent of the more familiar orange carrot. The rich violet colored skin holds a bounty of antioxidant anthocyanins, whilst the orange core is abundant with carotene. Colourful plate appeal, powerful nutritional composition and simple growing requirements make the Purple Carrot a home garden essential.

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.

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.

CORN PAINTED MOUNTAIN

Saved from extinction by Montana farmer, Dave Christensen, the original strains of this ancient corn were believed to be widely cultivated by native Indians and early American settlers. Painted Mountain is very cold hardy and can be ground for flour or dried for popping. Otherwise it can be grown purely to enjoy the rich tapestry of colours found in every cob.

hot Climate - March

TOMATO BEAMS YELLOW PEAR

Golden yellow with a shiny skin and firm flesh that preserves well. Enlivens a salad bowl and has ornamental trusses of healthy fruit. Fruits in 7 weeks from transplant. Yields 8.6kg fruit per plant.

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.

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 ...

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Things to do in February

Deadheading flowers

Trim off old flower heads on summer flowering perennials to encourage the growth of new flower buds. Not only will your plants look tidier, but they will reward you with a longer display of colour. 

Save seeds of beans

Start thinking about saving seeds of beans that are growing now in the vegie patch. Stop picking the beans off one or two plants (depending on how much seed you want) and allow the pods to mature and dry on the bush. Once dry, pop out the seeds and store in a dark, dry place to plant again next season. 

Order spring bulbs

Plan ahead and order spring bulbs now for planting in March. There is always a good range to choose from at this time of year. Try Jonquils and Bluebells for an easy set-and-forget buld display.

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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