Welcome to spring! Spring is always a busy time in the garden with new shoots appearing and the promise of bumper crops of veggies, herbs and flowers in the months to come. The change of season widens the choice of seed that can be sown now, especially in moderate and cold climates.
Whether this is your first season growing or you have more seasons that you care to think about behind you, we wish all our customers a happy and productive growing season ahead.
Read on below or click the following links to browse a range of seeds to sow now in your climate:
▩ Cold Climate: Tasmania, Melbourne, Mt Gambier, Canberra, etc.
▩ Moderate Climate: Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, etc.
▩ Warm Climate: Brisbane, Bundaberg, Carnarvon, etc.
▩ Tropical Climate: Broome, Darwin, Cairns, Townsville, etc.
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In early spring the focus of the vegetable garden shifts from bare-root perennials to warm season annuals. Cucurbits, nightshades, beans and sweet corn can all be planted, making sure that adequate warmth is provided in cold climates. Succession sow leafy greens for summer salads and quick-growing brassicas for stir-fries. More unusual crops to consider include artichoke, cape gooseberry, rosella and okra.
- Cucurbits: cucumber, squash, pumpkin, rockmelon, watermelon, zucchini (indoors or undercover in cool climates).
- Nightshades: capsicum, tomato, eggplant, chilli (indoors or undercover in cool climates).
- Legumes: bush bean, climbing bean, snow pea
- Tubers, roots & alliums: seed potato, radish, carrot, beetroot, swede & celeriac (cool climates), bunching onion, shallot
- Brassicas: cabbage, Chinese broccoli, Chinese cabbage, mustard.
- Leafy greens: celtuce, lettuce, cress, endive, garland, mizuna, rocket, silverbeet, spinach, sorrel
- Celery & corn: celery, Chinese celery, corn
- Perennials & exotics: artichoke, asparagus, cape gooseberry, rosella, okra.
Seeds for many herbs can be scatter-sown; try coriander, chervil, parsley, chives and lemon balm. It's also a good time of year to replace ageing perennial herbs with fresh new plants. Gardeners in cool climates should avoid sowing frost tender seeds until all chance of frost has past. Starting seeds undercover or indoors is also a great option!
- Annual & biennial: basil (warm climates), borage, caraway, coriander, chervil, dill, fenugreek, parsley, summer savory.
- Perennial: chives, hyssop, lemon balm, mint, oregano, sage, sweet marjoram, thyme.
The warming weather means there's now a wide range of flower seeds to sow. Warm season annuals can be started in pots or under cover in cool climates, or straight into the garden in warmer areas. It's also a good time to establish perennials to give you long-lasting colour through to autumn. Start preparing for summer in warm climates, sowing seeds for heat-loving amaranth and daisies.
- Annual & biennial: alyssum, amaranth, aster, brachyscome, calendula, Californian poppy, cosmos, four o'clocks, golden marguerite, impatiens, marigold, nasturtium, pansy, petunia, phlox, snapdragon, viola, zinnia.
- Perennial: butterfly bush, carnation, dahlia (seeds or tubers), echinacea, everlasting diasy, baby's breath, lavender.