Vegetables and herbs you can grow all year
February 6, 2018
There are many vegetables and herbs that can be grown all year round in Australian vegetable gardens, pending the region you live. They will grow are varying rates of speed in the different seasons but can remain a presence in your garden with a little planning.
Gardenate lists 5 climate zones for Australia. With large variation between these zones it is difficult to make an all inclusive statement that covers each of these zones. Tropical zones can grow tomatoes in Winter and cool zones will struggle to get them started in Summer. Our vegetable garden is located in Victoria in Australia, a temperate region. We are fortunate to avoid snow, extreme frosts, high humidity and prolonged periods of heat. The result is that I can grow many herbs and plants across the entire year. The only way you will know if this is possible in your home vegetable garden is to keep a journal of your own progress and see how the plants listed below perform outside of their designated growing season. Keep a journal of your garden’s planting and progress is a great way to learn what grows best in your space. You can find a copy of the journal I use in the Vegetable Garden Workbook.
Grow those with the (s) next to their name from seed. It is a low cost way of seeing how they perform in your garden and climate. For more detailed information of growing successfully from seed read this article I wrote last year.
Each vegetable and herb has a designated growing season. This is the season they will grow best. Despite this, there is an opportunity to grow many of vegetables outside of the designated season. It takes a little experimenting and a few seasons to find the best ones but once you do you can then repeat their planting each year.
The vegetables and herbs I enjoy all year round from my garden are:
During the year some of the herbs listed do become dormant and produce little or no new growth. They are cut back to encourage new season growth but there remains a small amount for use.
Some of the plants listed are perennials and will continue to grow past one season or year, such as tarragon, oregano, yarrow and chives.
Rosemary is an evergreen shrub, as are sage and thyme thus the reason they are happy in the garden all year round. These herbs are a welcome addition for flavouring meals all year round. In the past I thought rosemary was best for flavouring red meats and rich, slow cooked winter meals. I was surprised to discover a few years back that it works equally well in fresh Summer meals. Give it a try.
Beetroot, carrot and lettuce will grow well in most climate conditions in good, well drained soil, with good watering technique.
The benefit of growing all but the rhubarb is that they can be grown in large pots, making them suited to growing in small and large garden areas. Grown in containers they can be moved to warmer positions in cool months. While they are most productive they are each prolific so can be harvested and dried for use in cooking later in the year when they are less productive.
Are there any others I’ve left off the list? What herbs and vegetables do you grow all year around?
Please share what they are in the comments below.
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