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What are the Best Vegetables to Grow in Autumn?

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by Rota (subscribe)
Still out and about
Published February 27th 2016
As Summer draws to a close I am still enjoying my harvest of vegetables, and will for a few weeks to come. I can say I made the best use of these sunny months and my hard work led to a bumper crop. Once you experience the satisfaction of always having the freshest vegetables at hand, it's natural to want to perpetuate the good feelings and the tasty homegrown produce. But with the changing of the season, the nature of your harvest will necessarily change. But what to?

It is just this question that niggled at the back of my mind as I admired the almost-ripe tomatoes still hanging from the bush.

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Out with the old, in with the new


After a lot of consultation with seed packets, and trying to recall growing successes in years past, this is what I will be growing this Autumn:

Salad Ingredients

Just because we are moving out of Summer, doesn't mean we need to dispense with fresh garden salads.

Radish


There are a few reasons why radish is a great choice for growing this Autumn. Radishes prefer cooler weather, will grow easily in small spaces, are ready to harvest particularly quickly (no one likes delayed gratification!), and require very little maintenance. Not only this but due to their short growing period weeding is rarely an issue, and few diseases take hold.

Furthermore, the whole radish plant can be used: both the peppery roots and the full flavoured tops - they can both go in your salad.

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I got a head start on the radishes


Chard


I have to say I have a great affinity for an heirloom variety of chard that goes by the name Perpetual Spinach or Leaf Beet. You won't find it in your supermarket as it doesn't keep well - but if you can grow it you may find, as I do, that its large leaves are a more flavourful option. One of the benefits is that you can harvest the outer leaves only to have a constant supply.

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Better than regular spinach


Beetroot

Beetroots freshly pulled from the garden are a great complement to a salad, but they can be put to equally good use in comforting baked dishes. An added benefit of planting beets is that you can harvest some of the leaves for an added source of greens. Use them in the way you might use silverbeet - lightly stir fried or in a risotto.


Herbs

It is always good to have a plentiful supply of fresh herbs on hand. They perk up any dish and provide added nutrition plus they are fun and easy to grow.

Parsley


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This autumn I'll plant some curly parsley to keep this flat-leaf parsley company


This is one of the good choices for those with little space. Even if you plant nothing but numerous pots of parsley you will at least assure yourself of plenty of tabouli and ingredients for parsley shots. One of the great things about parsley is that if it is well looked after it can weather the Winter and can provide harvests for a few seasons - for a few years even.

Spring Onions

Admittedly, I have never had much luck growing spring onions, but it appears that it is one of the few vegetables that successfully be sown the year-round in Sydney. I'd say that's reason enough for me to try again.


Cruciferous Heirlooms

This is the time of year to grow cauliflower, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables. And while you can grow your regular garden-variety breeds there are other options. Heirloom varieties are all the rage but can be expensive to buy or hard to find in your local supermarket. So why not grow your own and have a unique supply of vegetables straight from your garden?

Although the seeds can be expensive in stores, consider the economical option of get sampler-sized mixes of heirloom seeds from online seed suppliers. Ebay is an excellent source for cheap and unusual seeds.

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Why grow just any brocolli when you can grow a Romanesco


Have you had success with your vegetable garden as you move into cooler months? What have been your experiences growing vegetables in Autumn around Sydney? Please share your local green thumb knowledge in the comments.
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Thanks for the tip to go seed hunting on ebay. I usually hunt at markets for cheaper vegie seedlings.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4061) 1118 days ago
As a fellow vegie grower do you have any tips on growing cauliflower, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables to full size without bug-attacks or sprays?
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4061) 1118 days ago
I grow broccoli every year without spraying. To get rid off cabbage moth, every Saturday I head out with a paint brush and brush under every single leaf and mahe sure I brush off all the cabbage moth eggs.It works! But I only grow 8 -12 plants
by palog (score: 0|6) 1107 days ago

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