This past week I decided to do a bit of veggie gardening. It was partially about something to do during the holidays and partially about trying out a new technique to get Mr 4 to try some new vegetables. His current repertoire consists of carrots (raw ONLY), anything blended to oblivion and mixed into spaghetti bolognaise, corn and tomato (if you are happy to let that pass as a vegetable!) Hardly ideal.
It should be noted at this point that I am NOT a green thumb, and I spent a good 20 minutes in the nursery reading the back’s of seed packets working out what vegetables to plant in autumn. Who’d have thought you can’t just stick anything in the ground at any time?!
Anyway, here I’ve saved you the trouble! Here is a list of vegetables to plant in autumn and that are easy to grow at home, even in containers. This is based on Sydney weather, so a fairly mild area. If you are further south you may need to check with your local nursery.
What vegetables to plant in autumn.
I love these in salads and they are great roasted. They take around 10 weeks to grow and will last through winter.
These are best started as seeds in seed trays and then moved to the garden or a bigger pot. Once you’ve cut off the first head you can get further heads sprouting from the side. They do take 16-18 weeks to grow and it seems like they are not doing much for a while but once they are established you get a pretty good crop in a small area. They are good for tubs and pots too.
Not the most exciting of vegetables but really easy to grow and if you want a quick crop, go for chinese cabbage that is ready in as little as 8 weeks.
Mine always end up kind of short and fat (or even round!) but they are easy to grow and fun for kids. Don’t pull them up until they are forcing their way out of the ground. Usually around 16 weeks after planting.
I’ve actually never grown cauliflower but it is similar to broccoli in care apparently.
Great in pots and super easy to grow. They are a bit slower to mature, taking around 13 weeks.
This is one that I’d recommend year round in pots. Buy the continual picking ones and you’ll have salad greens in no time.
Peas and Snow Peas
I find these one of the most rewarding to plant as you get such a huge crop in a pretty small area and they are so yummy. You can sow them straight into a garden bed or barrel and they start sprouting in under a week, making them great fun for kids.
These are great in dips and salads and really quick to grow, ready in just 4-6 weeks!
While these are the “standard” vegetables to plant in Autumn, I also managed to find some particular ranges of tomato’s that said they were suitable for planting in early Autumn so I’ll let you know how it goes.
I’d love to know what vegetables you grow at home and which have been the most successful. Leave me a comment below 🙂