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 - July

WATERCRESS LARGE LEAF

With one of the highest antioxidant levels of any vegetable, you will 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 stir-fries and laksas. Can be planted close together as its upright narrow habit grows well en masse.

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. Tender beans delicous either braised or fresh in salads or dips. Older beans can be blanched and peeled for treasure inside. 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!

KALE TUSCAN BLACK

The kale that launched this superfood! A culinary champion in the kitchen and lauded by seasonal chefs. Also known as Tuscan Black, it grows like a mini palm tree with elephant-grey leaves that can be picked continually from 8 weeks. Perfect for light braising in butter and verjuice.

ONION RED MARKSMAN

This late planting variety stores exceptionally well for a red onion. The white flesh is crisp and juicy and has a sweet, fruity flavour that makes it perfect for salads or stir-fries.

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.

PEA SUGAR SNAP CLIMBING

Shell for full size peas, or eat pod and all. Yields 230g per plant. Edible pods.

TURNIP WHITE MINI

Tender round white roots, stores well. Crisp, beautiful well shaped rounds, ideal for the turnip lover. Harvest in only 7 weeks.

cool Climate - August

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. Tender beans delicous either braised or fresh in salads or dips. Older beans can be blanched and peeled for treasure inside. 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!

BROCCOLI GREEN SPROUTING ORGANIC

An Italian variety, the blue-green head is followed by `broccolini type' side shoots that can be harvested for up to 3 months. Harvest main head 9 weeks from transplant. Yields 1.3kg per plant.

CABBAGE MINI

Our fastest forming cabbage and best seller! Ideal for raised garden beds, mini-plots and small gardens, this fast- growing, small cabbage forms neat, crisp heads and is ready to harvest in only 18 weeks. Slow to bolt, plant at 20cm spacings. Heads up to 1.3kg.

CELERY STRINGLESS

A stringless strain with crisp, earthy flavoured 40cm stems ribbed light green. Feed and water well for the most succulent stems.

CELTUCE ORGANIC

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.

KALE DWARF BLUE SCOTCH

A handsome compact kale with tight frilly blue-green leaves. This one never gets bitter no matter how hot or cold it gets. Unlike other brassicas this kale can stand up to the heat and will produce right through spring and into summer, rewarding you with vitamin packed leaves for months.

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.

ONION AUSTRALIAN BROWN

This strain of Australian Brown was selected from a popular market garden variety grown near Colac in the 1940's. The thick brown skin make it one of the best storing varieties.

PARSLEY CONTINENTAL ORGANIC

Flat leaf Italian style variety with a slightly milder flavour than the curly leaf varieties.

PEA GREENFEAST

An easy and rewarding crop for new and experienced gardeners. Traditional, sweet juicy peas for shelling are produced in abundance on these dwarf bushes.

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.

SILVERBEET FIVE COLOUR MIX ORGANIC

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 ORGANIC

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.

SWEDE LAURENTIAN

A full flavoured earthy swede with a savoury aftertaste. Under-rated as a vegetable, its smooth and creamy texture is a welcome surprise in our restaurant.

TURNIP PURPLE TOP ORGANIC

This is the traditional American turnip with beautiful lilac and white uniform roots that are best eaten in stews, soups or delicious roasted whole. Easy to grow and ready to eat in just 8 weeks.

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.

SILVERBEET FIVE COLOUR MIX ORGANIC

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.

RADISH ROUND RED

The most outstanding brilliant bright-red round radishes that are mild, crunchy and resistant to pithiness. A quick grower, the 4cm round radishes are ready to harvest in 35 days.

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.

PEA SNOW YUKOMO GIANT

This Japanese selection is the longest and tallest snow pea. Pods develop up to 14cm long from beautiful purple flowers. Ornamental and tasty. Edible pods.

BEETROOT BURPEES GOLDEN ORGANIC

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.

warm Climate - August

TOMATO TEN COLOUR HEIRLOOM MIX

Grow a rainbow of tomatoes with superior flavour and yield. Includes Green Grape,Lemon Drop, Black Krim, White Beauty,Purple Russian, Broad Ripple Yellow Currant,Brown Berry and Jaune Flamm‚. SUBSTITUTES MAY APPLY..

CAPSICUM SEVEN COLOUR MIX

A rainbow collection of heirloom sweet capsicums including Sweet Chocolate, Purple Beauty, White Diamond, Yellow Marconi, Chinese Giant, Red Cubanelle and Orange Bell.

ASPARAGUS 'FAT BASTARD'

The fattest spears than any other variety and a much higher yield with excellent rust resistance. Allow three years for the crown to dvelope from seed and two years for growth from the crown. Then enjoy this early spring tender treat.

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.

BROCCOLI GREEN SPROUTING ORGANIC

An Italian variety, the blue-green head is followed by `broccolini type' side shoots that can be harvested for up to 3 months. Harvest main head 9 weeks from transplant. Yields 1.3kg per plant.

CABBAGE MINI

Our fastest forming cabbage and best seller! Ideal for raised garden beds, mini-plots and small gardens, this fast- growing, small cabbage forms neat, crisp heads and is ready to harvest in only 18 weeks. Slow to bolt, plant at 20cm spacings. Heads up to 1.3kg.

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.

CELERY STRINGLESS

A stringless strain with crisp, earthy flavoured 40cm stems ribbed light green. Feed and water well for the most succulent stems.

CELTUCE ORGANIC

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.

CHERVIL

This anise flavoured leaf is a favourite of French chefs to add piquancy to salad greens. Ideal for growing during the short day lengths of the winter months but equally as happy in the warmer months in a shady moist position. Its white flowers are like a delicate Queen Anne's Lace.

CHILLI MILD MANNERED MIX

A mix of chillies that will bring some welcome warmth to your cooking without blowing your socks off! We've included the slightly warm Alma Paprika for drying, the prolific and reliable Joes Long Cayenne, the ever so subtly spicy Padron and our taste test favourite for its sweet and heat combination- Sante Fe Grande.

CORIANDER ORGANIC

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.

DILL BOUQUET

Soft, feathery leaves transform simple dishes and the seeds add flavour to vinegars and pickles.

LEEK KING RICHARD

ORGANIC! Richard: The King of Leeks! An excellent early variety, producing extra- long shanks that are easy to clean and uniform. A cook's favourite. Harvest early as `baby leeks'.

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.

ONION AUSTRALIAN BROWN

This strain of Australian Brown was selected from a popular market garden variety grown near Colac in the 1940's. The thick brown skin make it one of the best storing varieties.

PEPPERMINT

Commonly used as a flavouring in tea, ice cream, biscuits and sweets. It can also be used to scent shampoos, soaps and lotions or used as a natural pesticide and insect deterrent. The flowers produce large amounts of nectar and attract bees.

PARSLEY CONTINENTAL ORGANIC

Flat leaf Italian style variety with a slightly milder flavour than the curly leaf varieties.

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.

PEA GREENFEAST

An easy and rewarding crop for new and experienced gardeners. Traditional, sweet juicy peas for shelling are produced in abundance on these dwarf bushes.

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.

SILVERBEET FIVE COLOUR MIX - FARMERS 10G

FARMERS MARKET BULK PACK Our Five Colour silverbeets are the "Bright Lights" for any backyard. 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. 400 seeds.

SPINACH NEW ZEALAND

Easy to grow, ground cover and long lived perennial substitute for spinach in salty coastal areas. Also known as Warrigal Greens. Needs cooking to remove oxalates.

SPRING ONION EVERGREEN ORGANIC

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.

SWEDE LAURENTIAN

A full flavoured earthy swede with a savoury aftertaste. Under-rated as a vegetable, its smooth and creamy texture is a welcome surprise in our restaurant.

TOMATO RED AND BLACK

As black as a blackberry but with juicy red flesh. Unlike any other tomato, its indigo blue skin ripens to jet black and is packed full of anti-oxidants. This most striking heirloom brings tomatoes closer to the nutrition of blueberries and lifts their plate appeal, just as blueberries balance the red of strawberries.

TASTE TEST WINNERS SEED COLLECTION

We know our tomatoes! For over 30 years Diggers has been trialling and tasting tomatoes and we now believe we have the tastiest range on offer in Australia. This selection rated tops in the largest taste test we have ever run at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Collection includes Tommy Toe, Pink Bumble Bee, Jaune Flamme, Wapsipinicon Peach and Green Grape.

TURNIP WHITE MINI

Tender round white roots, stores well. Crisp, beautiful well shaped rounds, ideal for the turnip lover. Harvest in only 7 weeks.

hot Climate - July

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.

BROCCOLI DE CICCO ORGANIC

ORGANIC! 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.

CHILLI MILD MANNERED MIX

A mix of chillies that will bring some welcome warmth to your cooking without blowing your socks off! We've included the slightly warm Alma Paprika for drying, the prolific and reliable Joes Long Cayenne, the ever so subtly spicy Padron and our taste test favourite for its sweet and heat combination- Sante Fe Grande.

CAPSICUM CALIFORNIA WONDER

This sweet red capsicum is as popular today as it was when it was first introduced to American gardeners in the 1920's. It is as equally good whether eaten green or red.

SWEET CORN GOLDEN BANTAM

This is the 'corniest' of sweet corn with true flavour. Rich yellow cobs on 1.5m stalks. Heirloom favourite since 1902. Non-hybrid.

CUCUMBER ARMENIAN ORGANIC

Pale burpless fruit with a refreshing flavour. Drier flesh stores up to one month. Kids boast its yard-long size but best picked when about 30cm in length. Approximately 7kg per plant. Sets fruit well in hot climates.

hot Climate - August

CAPSICUM SEVEN COLOUR MIX

A rainbow collection of heirloom sweet capsicums including Sweet Chocolate, Purple Beauty, White Diamond, Yellow Marconi, Chinese Giant, Red Cubanelle and Orange Bell.

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.

CELTUCE ORGANIC

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.

CHILLI MILD MANNERED MIX

A mix of chillies that will bring some welcome warmth to your cooking without blowing your socks off! We've included the slightly warm Alma Paprika for drying, the prolific and reliable Joes Long Cayenne, the ever so subtly spicy Padron and our taste test favourite for its sweet and heat combination- Sante Fe Grande.

CHIVES COMMON ORGANIC

The leaves have a delicate onion flavour and are used to enliven dishes of eggs, potatoes, salads and soups. The purple orbs of flowers are also edible and look a treat in the garden. Can be grown as an insect repellent barrier.

CORIANDER ORGANIC

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.

CUCUMBER LEBANESE MINI MUNCHER ORGANIC

No need to peel this classic Mediterranean smooth skin variety. Perfect for salads, pickling or combining with yoghurt for a traditional tzatziki. Yields approximately 40 fruit/plant.

DILL BOUQUET

Soft, feathery leaves transform simple dishes and the seeds add flavour to vinegars and pickles.

LEEK KING RICHARD

ORGANIC! Richard: The King of Leeks! An excellent early variety, producing extra- long shanks that are easy to clean and uniform. A cook's favourite. Harvest early as `baby leeks'.

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.

ONION AUSTRALIAN BROWN

This strain of Australian Brown was selected from a popular market garden variety grown near Colac in the 1940's. The thick brown skin make it one of the best storing varieties.

PARSLEY CONTINENTAL ORGANIC

Flat leaf Italian style variety with a slightly milder flavour than the curly leaf varieties.

PUMPKIN WALTHAM BUTTERNUT

A prized heirloom Butternut that sets the standard by which other pumpkins are judged. Classically shaped fruit with a small seed cavity so you get more usable pumpkin. Soft yellow flesh and a great nutty flavour. Harvest in 19 weeks. 6kg per plant.

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.

SILVERBEET FIVE COLOUR MIX ORGANIC

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.

SPINACH NEW ZEALAND

Easy to grow, ground cover and long lived perennial substitute for spinach in salty coastal areas. Also known as Warrigal Greens. Needs cooking to remove oxalates.

SPRING ONION EVERGREEN ORGANIC

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.

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This month in the garden

Get excited about spring!

Diggers bumper 2018-2019 Heirloom Annual and yearly seed directory is out now! Full of all the heirloom seeds you’ll want to plant for the next 12 months, keep it as a handy reference all year to help you plan and plant your best vegie garden ever! Find out what to sow and what to grow in your garden this month: Cool ZoneWarm ZoneHot ZoneSubtropical Zone or Tropical Zone.

It's time to plant bare root fruit and vegies

Winter is the best time to plant new bare root fruit trees as well as bare root perennial vegies like asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries. Bare root plants are usually much cheaper and are easier to plant than you think. 

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Secret to growing asparagus

Winter is the best time to plant new bare root fruit trees as well as bare root perennial vegies like asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries. Bare root plants are usually much cheaper and are easier to plant than you think. Download 'Secret to growing asparagus'.

Secret to planting bare root roses

Roses are also available bare root throughout winter. Diggers specialises in garden roses to complement your perennial garden with many of these available as bare root plants now. Download The Secret to planting bare root roses.

What to do in the garden for July

Visit a garden

We don't often think about visiting gardens in winter, but a winter visit can be most worthwhile. Take time to see how evergreen plants can be used as structural backbones and how hard landscaping is designed to bring together areas of the garden. 

Transplant shrubs

The winter months are the best time to move smaller deciduous plants around the garden. Dig up a good portion of the root ball, then place the plant on a tarp to move to its new location. Plant it to the same depth it was growing before and water in well. 

Grow some sprouts

Get your nutritional fix with healthy, home grown sprouts. Alfalfa, mung beans, radish and broccoli all make delicious sprouts in just 5 to 7 days. 

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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