Friday, April 18, 2014

What to sow or plant in autumn

It's really autumn now. How lovely. We've even (finally!) had some rain. But it's such a busy time, with one season's produce to be dealt with in the kitchen, and another's to get into the ground.

We're making pesto for the freezer, stirring jam and chutney, bottling quinces and plums, and getting our winter and spring crops in the ground. And who would want it any other way?

A few more decades and our garden will look like this.

So here are a few things you can get started in April & May:

  • Beetroot
  • Bok choy
  • Broad beans
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Garlic
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Kale
  • Kohl rabi
  • Lettuce (try Cos, Imperial, or green or brown Mignonette)
  • Leeks
  • Mitzuna
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Rocket
  • Shallots
  • Silver beet or rainbow chard
  • Spinach
  • Swedes
  • Turnips.

You can also plant perennial vegetables and fruit such as strawberries, asparagus and globe artichokes, as well as herbs like chives, oregano, sage, thyme and parsley.

Yes. That's a lot. But get a few things in the ground now, and they can be quietly growing over winter while you're inside in the warm, eating home-made jam on toast.

Happy digging!