seed planting & propagation
Australian seed planting summary guides
This section lists summaries of 5 seed planting guides for Australia. Click the Links on the left to view them. Currently only the cool zone planting guide is listed but I plan to eventually list the temperate and tropical zones as well.
about these guidesPick up any decent book on vegetable gardening in Australia and it will have a monthly vegetable planting guide. However if you compare two or more of these guides you will notices differences in :-
- What vegetables can be planted each month.
- The types of vegetables that are listed, all the guides list
key vegetables such as carrots or tomatoes but different
planting guides list different types of the less common
- Variations in the different zones in terms of area covered.
using the guidesIf you click on the Cool Climate Zone Seed Planting Summary Guide link on the left hand side you will open a PDF chart with a list of vegetables, the months of the year and two sets of coloured and numbered squares.
On the left hand side of the guide is a single row of brownish coloured squares. Each square sits next to the name of a vegetable. These squares have a number from 1 to 5, the higher the number the darker the colouring of the square. 1 indicates that only one of the vegetable guides listed the vegetable that the square sits next to. 5 indicates that all five vegetable planting guides listed the vegetable.
In the month columns are squares that are either blank or have a number from 1 to 5. These numbered squares are coloured various shades of green, the higher the number the darker the shade of green. A blank square indicates that none of the guides recommend that the corresponding vegetable be planted in that month. A dark green square with the number 5 in it indicates that all five seed planting guides indicate that the corresponding vegetable can be planted in that month.
If all five guides indicate that a vegetable can be planted in a given month then you can be pretty sure that it is ok to do so, the lower the number the higher the liklihood that a vegetable is on the edge of it's planting season.
The Australian seed planting guide
cool climate zone