Cool Season Vegetables - before you plant

It may still be warm outside but you can still get yourself organised for a bountiful winter crop

You are probably still harvesting summer vegies but, as the days get shorter and the nights cooler, it's time to start thinking and planning for your winter vegetable garden. It's a great time to be out in the garden over the cooler months. The pace of growth is not so frenetic, the days are more pleasant to be spending time outdoors and, best of all, many of the insect pests take a break too! Not all of them mind you, but certainly fewer of them.

Have a read about what you could be doing and plan carefully so that you get a headstart on winter while the soil still has some warmth. For Melbourne, the best times to get many of the popular winter vegies in is between March and May. After that the soil has cooled down significantly and so initial growth is very slow.

Getting ready for cool season vegetables