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Planting in South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical regions

Planting in April - Gardenate

Angelica Sow seed
Asparagus Pea (also Winged bean) Sow seed
Basil Sow seed
Beans - broad beans, fava beans (also Fava bean) Sow seed
Beetroot (also Beets) Plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Cabbage Start in seed trays or plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Carrot Plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Cauliflower Sow seed
Celery Sow seed
Chilli peppers (also Hot peppers) Sow seed
Chinese cabbage (also Wong bok, wong nga pak, napa cabbage) Start in seed trays or plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Chives (also Garden chives) Sow seed
Daikon (also Japanese radish, Lo Bok) Sow seed
Dill Sow seed
French tarragon Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Garlic Plant cloves
Horseradish Plant crowns
Leeks Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Mint (also Garden mint) Sow seed
Mizuna (also Japanese Greens, Mitzuna, Mibuna) Start in seed trays or plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Mustard greens (also gai choy) Sow seed
Onion Start in seed trays or plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Oregano (also Pot Marjoram) Sow seed
Pak Choy (also Pak choi) Start in seed trays or plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Parsley (also curly leaf parsley or flat leaf (Italian) parsley) Start in seed trays or plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Parsnip Sow seed
Peas Sow seed
Potato Plant seed potatoes
Radish Sow seed
Rutabaga (also Swedes) Sow seed
Shallots (also Eschalots) Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Snow Peas (also Sugar Peas, Mangetout, Chinese Peas) Sow seed
Spinach (also English spinach) Sow seed
Sweet Marjoram (also Knotted marjoram) Sow seed
Thyme (also Common thyme) Sow seed
Turnip Sow seed

Planning for May

Angelica Sow seed
Asparagus Pea (also Winged bean) Sow seed
Beans - broad beans, fava beans (also Fava bean) Sow seed
Beetroot (also Beets) Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Cabbage Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Cauliflower Sow seed
Celery Sow seed
Chinese cabbage (also Wong bok, wong nga pak, napa cabbage) Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Chives (also Garden chives) Sow seed
Collards (also Collard greens, Borekale) Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Daikon (also Japanese radish, Lo Bok) Sow seed
Dill Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Horseradish Plant crowns
Kale (also Borecole) Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Lettuce Plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Mint (also Garden mint) Sow seed
Mizuna (also Japanese Greens, Mitzuna, Mibuna) Start in seed trays or plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Mustard greens (also gai choy) Sow seed
Onion Start in seed trays or plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Oregano (also Pot Marjoram) Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Pak Choy (also Pak choi) Start in seed trays or plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Parsley (also curly leaf parsley or flat leaf (Italian) parsley) Start in seed trays or plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed
Peas Sow seed
Potato Plant seed potatoes
Radish Sow seed
Rutabaga (also Swedes) Sow seed
Shallots (also Eschalots) Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Silverbeet (also Swiss Chard or Mangold) Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Snow Peas (also Sugar Peas, Mangetout, Chinese Peas) Sow seed
Spinach (also English spinach) Sow seed
Spring onions (also Scallions, Bunching onions, Welsh onion) Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Sweet Marjoram (also Knotted marjoram) Plant out (transplant) seedlings
Thyme (also Common thyme) Sow seed
Turnip Sow seed

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Recent Comments

  • 08 Apr - Hugh Thenasia
    Sounds normal to me, but without a picture I cannot be sure. However, my bushes have also started this and it's normal as the cold weather hits. (You might want to prune the bush back in a month...
    in Chilli peppers
  • 08 Apr - Hugh Thenasia
    50cm between plants is not even close to sufficient IMHO. I have 2.5m between plants and can only just harvest comfortably...
    in Cape Gooseberry
  • 08 Apr - KArin Duthie
    I have asparagus seeds - when should I plant the seeds? What is the best orientation and spacing?
    in Asparagus
  • 08 Apr - Anon
    What about growing rhubarb in the San Francisco Bay Area - Oakland - South/across the bay from SF?
    in Rhubarb
  • 08 Apr - Hugh Thenasia
    Bright sunlight is best and no need to water heavily. ;-)
    in Cape Gooseberry
  • 08 Apr - Harpreet Kaur
    If you sow seeds of red onion indoor in April and wait till it can be transplanted outside..say in June.. Can it stay in the ground in cold winters harmlessly..n mature in summers to come around ...
    in Onion
  • 08 Apr - Anon
    Plant spring and summer in warm areas. Look up Boondie seeds or Eden seeds on the internet and look up bottle gourd.
    in Gourd

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