When to plant your herbs: A handy calendar for the home gardener.

By Amy Crawford

I've been "pottering" around in my garden of late, sprucing it up a bit for summer. I've also been putting extra effort into my herb gardening since the advent of my latest crafty hobby - painting pots (I hope you're impressed by my handy work above - and most importantly my perfect lines, pick the perfectionist).

It dawned on me recently that I didn't know the optimal time to plant these herbs to ensure their utmost success. My vegetable gardening seems to flourish because I get lots of natural sunlight in my backyard, though I'm sure some of you deal with small balcony gardens which may see little sun.

I've therefore decided that I'd help us all out and create a calendar that correlates months with when to plant these herbs/veggies.

Here's to thriving plants and giving our seedlings the very best shot at life possible! Grow little seeds, grow!

*Do know that this table is specific to Australian and/or temperate climates.

JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH
Amaranth, Asparagus, Beans,
Beets, Burdock, Carrot, Chives,
Eggplant, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, 
Okra, Oregano, Parsley, Radish,
Rutabega, Silverbeet, Turnip, Zucchini
Beans, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Carrot, Cauliflower, Collards,Cucumber, Endive, Fennel, Leeks, Onion, Oregano,
Parsley, Radish, Silverbeet, Turnip
Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chives, Collards, Coriander, Daikon, Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Japanese Greens,
Oregano, Pak Choy, Parsley, Rocket, Spinach
APRIL MAY JUNE
Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Burdock, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chives, Collards, Endive, Fennel, Garlic, Kale, Lettuce, Onion, Oregano, Pak Choy, Parsley, Peas, Radish, Rocket, Shallots, Snow peas, Spinach,  Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Fennel, Garlic, Leeks, Mustard Greens, Onion, Oregano, Pak Choy, Parsley, Peas, Radish, Rocket, Shallots, Spinach, Strawberries Garlic, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Onion, Peas, Radish, Snow Peas, Strawberries
JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER
Beetroot, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Onion, Peas, Radish, Snow Peas, Strawberries Artichokes, Asparagus, Beetroot, Capsicum, Chilli Peppers, Eggplant, Leeks, Lettuce, Mint, Parsnip, Peas, Potato Radish, Rocket, Snow Peas, Thyme, Tomato Amaranth, Artichokes, Asparagus, Basil, Beans (climbing), Beetroot, Broccoli, Capsicum, Carrot, Celeriac, Celery, Chilli Peppers, Chives, Cucumber, Daikon, Dill, Eggplant, Fennel, Lettuce, Mint, Mustard Greens, Oregano, Parsley, Parsnip, Potato, Pumpkin, Tomato, Zucchini
OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER
Angelica, Artichokes, Asparagus, Basil, Beetroot, Broccoli, Burdock, Cabbage, Capsicum, Carrot, Celeriac, Celery, Chilli Peppers, Chives, Coriander, Cucumber, Dill, Tarragon, Horseradish, Leeks, Lemon Balm, Lettuce, Mint, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Spring Onions, Thyme, Tomato, Yacon Amaranth, Angelica, Artichokes, Asparagus, Basil, Beans, Beetroot, Broccoli, Capsicum, Carrot, Celery, Chilli Peppers, Chives, Coriander, Cucumber, Leeks, Lemon Balm, Lettuce, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Salsify, Spring Onions, Squash, Thyme, Tomato, Zucchini Basil, Beans, Beetroot, Burdock, Capsicum, Carrot, Celeriac, Celery, Chilli Peppers, Chives, Marrow, Mustard Greens, Okra, Oregano, Parsley, Pumpkin, Rosella, Sage, Silverbeet, Marjoram, Tomato, Turnip, Zucchini 

 

Through my research I have found that most of the herbs and vegetables in the table above require approximately 3 months of growth before harvesting. Obviously with above ground plants it is easy to tell when they are ready, though below ground root vegetables are a little more specific. If you'd like to read more about harvesting times you can do so here.

* Once you've grown your garden, make use of our post entitled 'Your 'go to' guide for pairing flavours with herbs' to create the perfect dish.


Well, I'm off to go plant an artichoke ;-), what are you planting in your garden this weekend? 

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October 15 2014

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