Beginner’s Guide to Growing Herbs and Vegetables

Beginner’s Guide to Growing Herbs and Vegetables — How to get started

Have you ever wanted to have your herb and vegetable garden at home but didn’t know where to start? We’re going to look at how you get started, growing a few things around the house. Let’s see if we can’t turn that brown thumb green.

Climatic zones in Australia

What you can grow will depend on your local climate. It will be very difficult to grow tropical plants in a temperate zone for example (though you might try your luck with a greenhouse!).

 

Climate Classification of Australia

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The Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology divides Australia into six climate classifications.

  • Equatorial
  • Tropical
  • Subtropical
  • Desert
  • Grassland
  • Temperate

 

Growing guide – season by season

What herbs and vegetables can I grow in Spring?

  • Tropical
    • Amaranth
    • Arrowhead
    • Artichoke (Globe)
    • Asparagus
    • Asparagus Pea
    • Basil
    • Beans (Climbing and Bush)
    • Cabbage
    • Capsicum
    • Carrots
    • Cassava
    • Chilli
    • Chives
    • Choko
    • Eggplant
    • Lemongrass
    • Lettuce
    • Long Yam
    • Luffa
    • Malabar Greens
    • Mustard Greens
    • Okra
    • Peanuts
    • Potatoes
    • Radish
    • Rosella
    • Salsify
    • Sunflower
    • Sweet Corn
    • Sweet Potato
    • Taro
    • Tumeric
    • Vietnamese Mint
    • Water Chestnut
    • Watermelon

 

  • Subtropical
    • Amaranth
    • Asparagus
    • Asparagus Pea
    • Basil
    • Beans (Climbing and Bush)
    • Beetroot
    • Burdock
    • Cabbage
    • Capsicum
    • Carrots
    • Celeriac
    • Celery
    • Chilli
    • Chives
    • Choko
    • Cocoyam
    • Coriander
    • Cucumber
    • Eggplant
    • Globe Artichoke
    • Huauzontle
    • Lettuce
    • Long Yam
    • Luffa
    • Malabar Greens
    • Mustard Greens
    • Okra
    • Oregano
    • Potatoes
    • Pumpkin
    • Radish
    • Rocket
    • Rockmelon
    • Rosella
    • Salsify
    • Silverbeet
    • Squash
    • Sunflower
    • Sweet Corn
    • Sweet Potato
    • Tomatoes
    • Turnips / Swedes
    • Warrigal Greens, NZ Spinach
    • Water Chestnut
    • Watermelon
    • Zucchini

 

  • Arid
    • Amaranth
    • Artichoke (Globe)
    • Asparagus
    • Asparagus Pea
    • Basil
    • Beans (Climbing and Bush)
    • Beetroot
    • Burdock
    • Cabbage
    • Capsicum
    • Carrots
    • Celeriac
    • Celery
    • Chilli
    • Chives
    • Choko
    • Coriander
    • Cucumber
    • Eggplant
    • Huauzontle
    • Lettuce
    • Long Yam
    • Luffa
    • Malabar Greens
    • Mustard Greens
    • Okra
    • Oregano
    • Potatoes
    • Pumpkin
    • Radish
    • Rocket
    • Rockmelon
    • Rosella
    • Salsify
    • Silverbeet
    • Squash
    • Sunflower
    • Sweet Corn
    • Sweet Potato
    • Tomatoes
    • Turnips / Swedes
    • Warrigal Greens / NZ Spinach
    • Water Chestnut
    • Watermelon
    • Zucchini

What herbs and vegetables can I grow in Summer?

  • Tropical
    • Asparagus Pea
    • Basil
    • Beans (Climbing and Bush)
    • Beetroot
    • Cabbage
    • Capsicum
    • Chilli
    • Chives
    • Choko
    • Eggplant
    • Ginger
    • Lemongrass
    • Luffa
    • Malabar Greens
    • Okra
    • Potatoes
    • Radish
    • Rosella
    • Sunflower

 

  • Subtropical
    • Amaranth
    • Asparagus Pea
    • Basil
    • Beans (Climbing and Bush)
    • Beetroot
    • Burdock
    • Cabbage
    • Capsicum
    • Chilli
    • Chives
    • Choko
    • Cucumber
    • Eggplant
    • Huauzontle
    • Leeks
    • Lettuce
    • Long Yam
    • Luffa
    • Malabar Greens
    • Mustard Greens
    • Okra
    • Oregano
    • Pumpkin
    • Radish
    • Rockmelon
    • Rosella
    • Salsify
    • Silverbeet
    • Squash
    • Sunflower
    • Sweet Corn
    • Tomatoes
    • Turnips / Swedes
    • Watermelon
    • Zucchini

What herbs and vegetables can I grow in Autumn?

  • Tropical
    • Amaranth
    • Artichoke (Globe)
    • Asparagus
    • Beans (Climbing and Bush)
    • Beetroot
    • Broad Beans
    • Broccoli
    • Burdock
    • Cabbage
    • Capsicum
    • Carrots
    • Cauliflower
    • Celeriac
    • Celery
    • Chicory
    • Chilli
    • Chives
    • Coriander
    • Cucumber
    • Dill
    • Eggplant
    • Endive
    • Florence Fennel
    • Garlic
    • Kale / Collards
    • Kohlrabi
    • Leeks
    • Lettuce
    • Long Yam
    • Luffa
    • Malabar Greens
    • Mustard Greens
    • Onion
    • Parsley
    • Parsnip
    • Potatoes
    • Pumpkin
    • Radish
    • Rocket
    • Rockmelon
    • Shallots
    • Silverbeet
    • Squash
    • Sunflower
    • Sweet Corn
    • Tomatoes
    • Turnips / Swedes
    • Water Chestnut
    • Watermelon
    • Zucchini
  • Subtropical
    • Amaranth
    • Beans (Climbing and Bush)
    • Beetroot
    • Broad Beans
    • Broccoli
    • Brussels Sprouts
    • Burdock
    • Cabbage
    • Carrots
    • Cauliflower
    • Celeriac
    • Celery
    • Chicory
    • Chives
    • Endive
    • Florence Fennel
    • Garlic
    • Huauzontle
    • Jerusalem Artichoke
    • Kale / Collards
    • Kohlrabi
    • Lettuce
    • Malabar Greens
    • Mangle-wurzel
    • Mitzuna
    • Mustard Greens
    • Onion
    • Pak Choy, Bok Choy / Asian Vegetables
    • Parsley
    • Parsnip
    • Peas / Snow Peas
    • Radish
    • Rocket
    • Shallots
    • Silverbeet
    • Spinach
    • Sunflower
    • Tomatoes
    • Turnips / Swedes

What herbs and vegetables can I grow in Winter?

  • Tropical
    • Amaranth
    • Artichoke (Globe)
    • Asparagus
    • Basil
    • Beans (Climbing and Bush)
    • Beetroot
    • Burdock
    • Cabbage
    • Capsicum
    • Carrots
    • Celeriac
    • Celery
    • Chicory
    • Chilli
    • Chives
    • Coriander
    • Cucumber
    • Dill
    • Eggplant
    • Endive
    • Florence Fennel
    • Garlic
    • Jerusalem Artichoke
    • Kale / Collards
    • Kohlrabi
    • Leeks
    • Lettuce
    • Luffa
    • Malabar Greens
    • Mustard Greens
    • Oregano
    • Parsley
    • Parsnip
    • Potatoes
    • Pumpkin
    • Radish
    • Rocket
    • Rockmelon
    • Shallots
    • Silverbeet
    • Squash
    • Sunflower
    • Sweet Corn
    • Sweet Potato
    • Tomatoes
    • Turnips / Swedes
    • Warrigal Greens / NZ Spinach
    • Watermelon

 

 

  • Subtropical
    • Beetroot
    • Cabbage
    • Carrots
    • Celeriac
    • Celery
    • Chicory
    • Endive
    • Florence Fennel
    • Garlic
    • Huauzontle
    • Jerusalem Artichoke
    • Kale / Collards
    • Kohlrabi
    • Lettuce
    • Malabar Greens
    • Mangle-wurzel
    • Mitzuna
    • Mustard Greens
    • Onion
    • Parsnip
    • Peas / Snow Peas
    • Radish
    • Rocket
    • Shallots
    • Silverbeet
    • Spinach
    • Spring Onions