Summer Gardening


What to plant in Summer in your Region

Subtropical (includes: South-east Qld & Northern NSW)

FRUIT & VEGETABLES – plant lettuce, melons, okra, onion, potato (tubers), artichoke, beans, capsicum, celery, Chinese cabbage, cucumber, eggplant, kohlrabi, leek, rosella, silver beet, spring onion, squash, sweet corn, sweet potato and tomato.
HERBS – plant basil, chives, coriander, fennel, lemongrass, mint, parsley and tarragon.

Wet & Dry Tropical (includes: North Queensland, NT & WA)

FRUIT & VEGETABLES – plant cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, pumpkin, radish, shallots, artichoke, beetroot, capsicum, cauliflower, celery, Chinese cabbage, spring onion and tomato.
Dry Inland
HERBS – plant coriander, lemongrass, basil, mint and tarragon.

Temperate Areas (includes: Coastal NSW & Victoria)

FRUIT & VEGETABLES – plant cucumber, eggplant, endive, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, okra, beans (dwarf and climbing), beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, celery, chicory, chilli, Chinese cabbage, parsnip, potato (tubers), radish, rhubarb (crowns), shallots, silver beet, spring onion, sweet corn, sweet potato and zucchini.
HERBS – plant basil, chives, coriander, fennel, mint, parsley and tarragon.

Cool & The Tablelands (includes: Melbourne, Tasmania & cool highlands)

FRUIT & VEGETABLES – plant beans, beetroot, leek, lettuce, onion, parsnip, pumpkin, radish, silver beet, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, cucumber, English spinach, spring squash, swede, sweet corn, tomato, turnip and zucchini.
HERBS – plant lemongrass, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, basil, chives, coriander,tarragon and thyme.

Mediterranean (includes: Adelaide & Perth)

FRUIT & VEGETABLES – Plant tomatoes, zucchini and capsicum by the close of January.

What to plant in Summer (FLOWERS)

Summer Pests To Deal With:

Summer Plant Diseases:

Most importantly, use common sense when you’re working in the summer garden. Don’t toil in the heat of the day, wear a hat and sunscreen, and have drinking water nearby. Better still, do your gardening in the cool of the evening!


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