Gardening and Planting Calendar - Australian Climates - Summer Herb, Vegetables & Fruit

Gardening and planting calendar for summer - for Australian climates


Herbs, Vegies & Fruit Flowers & Ornamentals


Herb, Vegetables & Fruit

Subtropical (includes: South-east Qld & Northern NSW)

HERBS – plant basil, chives, coriander, fennel, gotu kola, heliotrope, lemongrass, mint, parsley, tarragon and winter savoury.

FRUIT & VEGETABLES – plant artichoke, beans, capsicum, celery, Chinese cabbage, cucumber, eggplant, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, melons, okra, onion, potato (tubers), rosella, silver beet, spring onion, squash, sweet corn, sweet potato and tomato.

Wet & Dry Tropical (includes: North Queensland, NT & WA)

HERBS – plant basil, coriander, lemongrass, mint and tarragon.

FRUIT & VEGETABLES – plant artichoke, beetroot, capsicum, cauliflower, celery, Chinese cabbage, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, pumpkin, radish, shallots, spring onion and tomato.

Dry Inland (includes: Arid or Outback areas)

HERBS – basil will grow very quickly in hot weather, though keep it watered well for a tasty harvest.

FRUIT & VEGETABLES –  try warm loving capsicum, pumpkin, okra, tomato, leek, melons, radish, cucumber and sweet corn.

Keep established plants well watered & under shade if possible. Mulch well.

Temperate Areas (includes: Sydney, coastal NSW & Victoria)

HERBS – plant basil, chives, coriander, fennel, gotu kola, heliotrope, lovage, mint, parsley and tarragon.

FRUIT & VEGETABLES – plant beans (dwarf and climbing), beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, celery, chicory, chilli, Chinese cabbage, cucumber, eggplant, endive, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, okra, parsnip, potato (tubers), radish, rhubarb (crowns), shallots, silver beet, spring onion, sweet corn, sweet potato and zucchini.

Cool & Southern Tablelands (includes: Melbourne, Tasmania & cool highlands)

HERBS – plant basil, chives, coriander, lemongrass, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, tarragon and thyme.

FRUIT & VEGETABLES – plant beans, beetroot, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, cucumber, English spinach, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, onion, parsnip, pumpkin, radish, silver beet, spring squash, swede, sweet corn, tomato, turnip and zucchini.

Mediterranean (includes: Adelaide & Perth)

HERBS – keep picking the flowers off parsley and basil to prevent them from bolting to seed.  

FRUIT & VEGETABLES – Plant tomatoes, zucchini and capsicum by the end of January. Spray apples and pears against codling moth.

Summer Herb, Vegetable and Fruit Planting Guide by temperate zones Australia

Information courtesy of About the Garden magazine website -