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Vegetables to Plant in Autumn

The question that I get asked most often is “What are you growing in your garden?”

AFL Autumn garden

I often talk about my garden.  It is just not always here on the blog that I do so… I realised yesterday that I have not provided much insight into the status of my garden at the start of Autumn so here it is:

My garden layout for Autumn 2013

Autumn Garden beds1

Autumn garden beds

Please note:

I am still harvesting tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, capsicum and basil. Some of these plants are shown above and some that are on their ‘last legs’ are not… All Summer producing plants will be replaced by the end of the month with  Autumn plantings.

In addition to the garden beds shown below I also use a number of large pots planted close to the house. They currently contain beetroot, lettuce and carrots. 

The space between each raised garden bed is also utilised (as shown above). These in-between strips currently contain:

Area 1:

  • 4 tomato plants still producing, basil and a zucchini plant.

They will be replaced by rows of leeks and onions.

Area 2:

  • A new pumpkin plant that seems to be flourishing although I am yet to see fruit on it. I am leaving it there to see what happens even though I think it is too early for pumpkins to start now.
  • basil and tomato plants.

These will be replaced by beetroot, more onions, shallots and probably some more garlic.

You can see almost daily pictures of what is happening on Instagram if you follow me.  You will see what is going on on a more regular basis than what I post here or on Facebook.  If you are not an Instagram fan yet, it is simply a photo sharing application that allows people to view the pictures that you post. You can load it as an application to your phone, or view on a computer. 

Vegetable Garden Planning:

Each season I create an overall plan of planting and as time progresses I tend to fill the gaps as they become available. In general, I find a plan to be helpful for the following reasons:

  • It assists me to recall what I planted at the same time last year and how much (quantity)
  • I can recall how well the plant/s produced
    • (eg: was there enough or too much?) This year I am planting three to four times the amount of garlic
  • Allows for a very basic check of companion planting principles
  • Monitoring the soil condition
  • Planning for additional planting later in the season or in the following months – eg: I will need room available to plant more pumpkin later in the year while the onions, leeks and garlic are still in the ground.

*For planting information – I am located outside of Melbourne Australia.

Do you plan you plantings for a season or just plant in what ever space you have as it becomes available?  Join me on Instagram for more garden updates.




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  • Nat April 10, 2013, 10:33 am

    wow you still have tomatoes and are outside Melbourne???? Mine had it after the heavy rain so I pulled them out and got a head start on the Autumn plants 😀 Happy gardening!

    • Kyrstie April 11, 2013, 8:28 pm

      Hi Nat, yes we still have a few kilos of tomatoes to harvest over the coming weeks, pending favorable weather. Happy gardening to you also. K

  • Melissa April 10, 2013, 2:33 pm

    Your garden map is much neater than mine! Haha!

    But I agree with the purpose of a plan 100%. The results of the last few seasons plantings have resulted in me deciding to re-jig my seasonal planting. I’m going to substitute a 6 month long summer with spring and autumn either side and just forgettabout winter altogether. See how that works.

    My beds are so bare, crazy to be planting autumn/winter crops when its 36C outside! It’s like Perth is getting a preview of climate change. It’s hot. And dry.

    Cant wait to see the photos of your autumn bounty!

    • Kyrstie April 11, 2013, 8:28 pm

      It start off neatly Melissa but does not always end up neat, depending on what grows well and what does not. I will be interested to see how you go with your new planting schedule. Perth has more challenges in terms of weather than Melbourne so the extra heat should bode well for your growing plan 🙂

  • Miss Piggy April 11, 2013, 6:10 pm

    Whoa – I had NO idea how big your garden is. Mine is a pipsqueak in comparison. You have so much garlic going in…amazing.

    • Kyrstie April 11, 2013, 8:25 pm

      Hi Miss Piggy, my aim this year is to grow enough garlic to get me through the year. Since I use it almost every day in Winter cooking I am not sure that it will be enough!

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