Vegetable Garden Planting GuideMelbourne - AustraliaTo make it easier for you to plant out your garden each season, we have created a vegetable garden planting guide for each of the seasons, specifically for Melbourne and surrounding areas, which are known as Temperate or Cool in terms of their climate. We encourage you to use companion planting in your vegetable garden to reduce pests, and to get the best out of your garden without relying on sprays and chemicals.
We'll be adding more about our own companion planting ideas on our blog/news page. We welcome you to Contact Us online or phone Greg on 0431 382 230 with your inquiry today.
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April in the Garden
Just don’t put them next to those broad beans and peas — as the onion family and legumes do not get long. Also try some rosemary, oregano, thyme and if you’ve got a corner of the garden where it won’t go wandering into your veggie patch, some mint. Companions and flowers: Add some colour to your garden bed and salad, attract beneficial insects, and suppress disease with some flowering plants.
Fertilising, mulching and wateringIf you’ve been growing summer veggies, it’s now about time for “out with the old, and in with the new”. Now’s the time to begin pulling out the defeated of the summer veggies. .
Planting Calendar for Melbourne, FL
Planting Dates for FallPlanting Dates for SpringHow to Use the Planting CalendarThis planting calendar is a guide that tells you the best time to start planting your garden based on frost dates. Please note:The " Frost Dates " indicate the best planting dates based on your local average frost dates.
indicate the best planting dates based on your local average frost dates. The "Moon Dates" indicate the best planting dates based on your local frost dates and Moon phases. Old-time farmers swear that this practice results in a larger, tastier harvest, so we've included planting by the Moon dates in our planting calendar, too.
May in the Garden
Veggies: You can still plant cabbage, Asian greens like mizuna, tatsoi or pak choi, lettuce, rocket, spinach, carrots, celery, cauliflower, spring onions, leek, onions, radish, turnips and swedes. You can still plant cabbage, Asian greens like mizuna, tatsoi or pak choi, lettuce, rocket, spinach, carrots, celery, cauliflower, spring onions, leek, onions, radish, turnips and swedes. Herbs: Parsley is an amazing plant for remaining productive in winter, even in part-shade.
Companions and flowers: Add some colour to your garden bed and salad, attract beneficial insects, and suppress disease with some flowering plants. Add some colour to your garden bed and salad, attract beneficial insects, and suppress disease with some flowering plants.
Top five veg to sow now
I'm sure it's not just me who's peachy keen to rip open their veg seed packets in an attempt to boot winter gloom firmly out of the greenhouse door. All you need is a seed tray, a little seed compost or damp kitchen roll, a windowsill, and a lid (clear plastic takeaway trays will do just fine). 'De Monica' (Thompson & Morgan) is said to give the quickest harvests from a spring sowing. However, if you prefer scorching habaneros, nagas and such like, then you should sow them in a heated propagator (set at about 24C) pronto.
Water well, allow to drain and then sow your carrot seed thinly on top. .
Amaranth (also Love-lies-bleeding) Sow seed. sow after frostBeans - dwarf (also French beans, Bush beans) Sow seed.
Frost tenderRadish Sow seedRhubarb Plant crownsRocket (also Arugula/Rucola) Sow seedRockmelon (also Canteloupe) Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Frost tenderSunflower Sow seedSweet corn (also corn,maize) Sow seed. sow after risk of frostTomatillo Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeksTomato Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeksTurnip Sow seed .
Affluent effluent: growing vegetables with wastewater in Melbourne
Water scarcity in Australia has become a significant challenge for all water users and water reuse is now a critical component of Melbourne’s response to this water crisis, particularly for food production. While most vegetable production occurs in a large-scale commercial environment, there is a significant proportion produced in backyards.
With the introduction of severe water restrictions, commercial vegetable production now relies heavily on high quality Class A reclaimed water, while households have turned to the use of greywater. While there are many benefits of wastewater reuse, there are also many potential risks to plant, environmental and human health.
The human annual enteric virus risk from Class A reclaimed water was much lower. .
What Vegetables Should You Plant In March?
It’s definitely not because March is the perfect time to get those cool weather veggies that can handle cool, early spring weather in the ground. Believe it or not, once you’ve prepared beds for them, you can start sowing seeds for many cool season veggies in March, along with broad (or fava) beans, which are some of the hardiest vegetables out there.
Spring onions are also great early vegetables to plant in March, as well as spinach (make sure the soil is enriched with organic matter), peas, shallots and parsnips. Another great veggie you can start sowing in in March is salad leaves, which you can grow in a pot, or in a greenhouse.
Common in our region, is purchasing pre-grown seedlings often prepared in packs of 3, 4, or 6 allowing you to get a head start on some types of cool season vegetables. .