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

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.

cool Climate - March

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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What's in season

Create your own lush summer garden.  A dry garden of sun lovers doesn't have to be all spiky like cactus, using a selection of succulents you can create a drought tolerant garden, full of colour on the hottest day, that looks good all year using foliage and form. 

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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 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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