Tuesday, December 3, 2013

What to sow or plant in December

Summer's started with a blast of warm weather, hasn't it?

While the temperatures and rainfall will be up and down over the coming weeks, we'll be watering, mulching, weeding and harvesting, but there's still plenty of time to get more summer, spring and even winter produce underway.

Here are some of the things you'll find in your local nursery at the moment, either as seedlings or seeds:

  • Beans (climbing and dwarf)
  • Beetroot
  • Canteloupe 
  • Capsicum
  • Carrot
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Chillis
  • Cucumber
  • Daikon
  • Eggplant
  • Globe artichokes
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Parsnip 
  • Pumpkin
  • Radishes 
  • Rhubarb (crowns)
  • Rocket
  • Silverbeet
  • Spring onions
  • Squash
  • Sweet corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini.

Why not add a few gorgeous and hardworking flowering plants such as borage, sunflowers, marigolds, nasturtiums, cosmos or alyssum which help keep the insect population humming along? The marigolds and cornflowers in the community beds are magnificent at the moment, and the bees love them.

It's also a great time to plant all those tough Mediterranean herbs as well as dill, horseradish, French tarragon, savoury and basil.

And then ... eat them!