"Winter" means different things to different people - it all depends on where you live! There are two distinct winters for people across Australia:
A normal winter's day in your area greatly influences your vegetable and herb gardening.
Find out what type of winter you can expect based on where you live.
Warm temperate, subtropical and tropical regions
This weather is fairly typical of winter from the north coast of New South Wales right up to Cairns, as well as the northern coastline of Western Australia and the 'Top End'.
Inland regions may experience much colder nights but the days will still be mild to warm.
From the central coast of NSW across the continent to Perth and all points south, winter is:
In areas where night time temperatures may drop to 8 deg C or lower and where the soil is also cold (15 deg C or less):
What you can do in winter
It's the right time for lifting, dividing and replanting crowns of the following:
Some seeds may be sown into seed trays kept indoors or under cover for warmth, to produce seedlings ready to plant out into the garden in early spring. They include:
The winter vegetable plot should be producing a good range of cold season crops including:
In the warm temperate to tropical regions of Australia, temperatures during the day may range from the low to high 20s even though nights may be chilly (below 10 in some parts). In these areas, soils absorb heat from the sun during the day and retain most of that warmth overnight.
That's good news for those wanting to grow vegetables and herbs year-round!
Mid-winter is a great time for sowing vegetable and herb seeds and planting out seedlings - even of some of those crops more often associated with cold areas like cabbage, cauliflower, kale and turnips.
Seeds of the following may be sown now either direct into the soil or into seed trays for later transplanting:
Mid year is also a great time for planting tuberous and perennial crops like:
Whatever you are planting or sowing, remember to:
Successful vegetable and herb gardening, especially in winter, requires good soil prepartion.
Young plants will struggle to establish and thrive if the soil is under-nourished.
Before sowing seeds or planting out seedlings:
Apply even more nutrients
Organic material slowly releases nutrients as it decomposes and breaks down.
To give plants a boost when it’s needed most, topdress with one or more of the following:
Alternatively apply the liquid Scotts Pure Organic Premium Seaweed Plant Food, which is available as both a concentrate to be diluted with water in a watering can and in a ready-to-use hose-end bottle.
Working and turning the soil
Over time, soil can become compacted and hard.
This is detrimental to plants because it:
Working the soil helps to break it up to:
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