Winter Veggies - Part One Cooler Climate

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With winter already here it's time to start planting those vegetables. In a three part series we will be talking about the best time to 

We often think of growing vegetables as a seasonal job: plant in spring and enjoy them over the summer months. In most parts of Australia, you can grow amazing winter vegetables. You just have to know which veggies will thrive in your climate. We'll start with cooler Australian climates and move on to tropical parts of Australia.

Winter Vegetables in a Cooler Climate:

Parts of Victoria, Tasmania and higher tableland areas have cool winter climates. Even in these climates you can grow a variety of herbs and winter vegetables.

Indoor micro-gardens are becoming very popular. with people growing chives, coriander, garlic, lemongrass, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, shallots, tarragon and thyme. 

These can be grown inside the house or in glass house outside. All they need is a sunny window to thrive. By growing them indoors you will protect any herb from frost and if you grow them in your kitchen, you'll have the herbs you need at your fingertips. 

Most people use a propagation tray and lid to create a micro-climate. Similar to the one pictured below.

source: amazon.com

By adding a medium and enclosing the environment you are creating a microclimate that encourages plant growth. We are seeing more and more mums and dads coming in with their children who are eager to learn about this. 

These are some of the vegetables that thrive in a cooler climates:

  • Beetroot
  • Broad beans
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots (grows all year round in greenhouses)
  • Cauliflower
  • Chinese broccoli and cabbage
  • English spinach
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Silver beet
  • Turnip

If frost is a problem in your area, plant above ground veggies like cabbages in a container. You can make a "blanket" for your veggies by erecting poles around the container and using plastic to protect your crops at night. Just remember to remove the plastic in the morning so your plants can get full sun and don't become overheated. Still having issues maybe add a Natural Co2 Enhancer Canister to help with generating heat. A few of our market gardeners are using Co2 Gas to increase yields. 

If you need help or advice contact our Horticultural Expert Abel by email hobbyhydrosa@gmail.com or popping into the store. 

Our store is located at

109 Little Rundle Street Kent Town South Australia 5067

 

 


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