Grow your own potatoes

Grow your own potatoes

Potatoes are one of the easiest vegetables to grow in your garden. They are best planted in spring so that the emerging growth appears after the last frost. Enjoy the superior flavour of home grown spuds, in particular those european and creamy fleshed heirlooms that all chefs adore. Here at the Diggers Club we only sell certified seed potatos that are handpicked and disease free unlike potatoes that are sold in the supermarkets.  Try 

You'll find more information on growing potatoes here and you can take advantage of our special 'Join The Club' Free Potato offer here

Seeds to sow now

Sowing seeds is the best way to ensure you can have a beautiful and diverse garden that is also productive and healthy. By regularly sowing seeds you can ensure an ongoing harvest of vegetables, as well as being surrounded by flowers which you can pick and enjoy all year round. It takes some time to remember what seeds to sow each month, but we have made it easy by listing all the seeds you need, with information and advice about how to grow them in  in one place! Come back each month for an update.

When to sow certain seeds depends on the right soil and air temperatures, so to ensure you are sowing the right seeds when, use our list as a guide for what to sow in COOL climates (such as Canberra, Tasmania, and NZ)  WARM (areas such as Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and inland NSW) and HOT growing areas (such as Perth, Brisbane, Darwin and subtropics). 

For more information about your climate and how climate zones work check our CLIMATE MAPS, created with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, as your guide to gardening success!

Winter Jobs

Winter is the time for preparing beds for spring planting. You need a good quality garden fork, spades and hoes.  The wooden cold frame and grow tunnels are perfect for prolonging your growing season and accelerating growth of vegetables over winter.

Late winter is the classic time for hard pruning to promote vigorous growth when renovating fruit trees. A sharp pruning saw and secateurs are essential. To get a head start on spring, early birds can sow seeds indoors using heat mats and propagators. To warm up why not take to those winter weeds by using the gas weeding wand.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

 Bulbs to plant now 

♦ Seeds to sow now

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