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Get Ready for a Delicious Harvest – The Top Fruit and Veg to Grow During Autumn in Australia

Autumn begins on the 21st of March in Australia, and continues until May. Knowing which plants are best to grow during this period can make all the difference when it comes to success in your garden.

Many popular fruits and vegetables are best planted at this time of year. Below we’ll cover some of the top fruits and vegetables you can plant, as well as some tips for tending gardens in autumn.

The Best Fruits to Plant in Autumn

Autumn is a great time for some of your staple fruits, including citrus. Popular options for autumn include:

    • Apples
    • Pears
    • Mandarins and oranges
    • Figs
    • Pomegranate
    • Rhubarb
    • Strawberries

The Best Vegetables to Plant in Autumn

Hearty root vegetables grow very well in the autumn and winter months. This is the best time of year to plant staples such as

    • Cauliflower and broccoli
    • Carrots
    • Onions
    • Leek
    • Lettuce and spinach
    • Cabbage
    • Snow peas
    • Swedes and turnips

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Planting Fruits and Vegetables

When it comes to planting fruits and vegetables, proper soil preparation is key. Proper soil should be loose and well-draining in order to allow oxygen to reach the roots of your plants. Make sure you add plenty of compost before planting as these will help provide nutrients for your plants while also improving drainage.

Additionally, test the pH level of the soil – this is important as different crops have different needs when it comes to acidity levels.

Frost is an important consideration — both as a risk, and also a benefit to certain plants.

Young plants are susceptible to frost damage. It’s important to plant fruits and vegetables early so that they can be mature enough to withstand frost when it sets in. Hessian covers and other protective items can be placed over plants to prevent frost and frost damage.

That said, certain fruits and vegetables actually benefit from a little frost. These plants react to the frost by producing extra sugars, which in turn results in a better flavour for the harvested food.

Hardy winter crops include broccoli, cauliflower, snow peas, parsnips and carrots. These will have a richer flavour if exposed to a little frost — that’s not to say bathe the plants in ice water, but you can leave them uncovered on colder nights without much worry.


Start Planting to Reap the Benefits

Planting fruits and vegetables in Australia during autumn can be incredibly rewarding with the right knowledge and preparation. Some of the most popular fruit and vegetable staples thrive at this time of year, such as citrus fruits and root vegetables.

Understanding what type of soil you have, what types of crops will work best for your climate, and how to properly store harvested produce are all essential considerations when creating a successful garden.

With a little bit of research ahead-of-time as well as regular maintenance throughout their growing cycles, you’ll soon find yourself with plentiful harvests from your autumn additions.

Reach out to our lovely staff to assist you with the right products for your garden.



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