It is important not to plant frost sensitive vegetables before the risk of a late spring frost has passed. This guide is designed to help vegetable gardeners in the Ballarat area determine when it is safe to plant frost sensitive vegetables. Though it may also be of use to gardeners in cool mountainous areas. Traditionally the risk of frost in the Ballarat area is deemed to have passed on Melbourne Cup Day, which is the first Tuesday in November.
Within the Ballarat area there will be significant climate variation, plus every garden has its own unique microclimate. As such, this vegetable planting risk guide should only be seen as an approximate indicator. Gardeners are encouraged to experiment with planting times to find out what best suits their garden. For information on garden microclimates and how to alter them see the links below.