What to do in the Kitchen Garden in December

*The following information is designed for a temperate southern hemisphere garden  – In particular it is designed for a Melbourne garden.  This is meant as a general guide, indicating the type of things I plant, sow and harvest.  If you have had success with doing things differently then I would love to hear from you and I can update these pages accordingly.*

“Here it is Summer Harvest, everybodies having fun, look to the future now, cos its only just begun!”  Who knew Slade were gardeners?  Oh they weren’t?  That should read Merry Christmas?  Shame co it works quite well…..Then again so does Merry Christmas….


Seeds to Sow:

These are the seeds/tubers you could consider sowing in December

Basil, Beans, Beetroot, Capsicum**, Carrot, Celery, Chilli**,  Coriander*, Cucumber**, Eggplant**, Endive, Galangal, Ginger, Jerusalem Artichoke, Kale, Kohl Rabi, Leek, Lettuce, Marjoram, Melon, Okra, Onion, Parsley, Potatoes***, Pumpkin, Radish, Sage, Silver Beet, Spring Onion, Sweet Corn, Tomato**, Tomatillo, Yam, Zucchini

*Although it may bolt quite quickly.

**If sown now the crop will be a little reduced compared with earlier sowings due to less harvest time before cool weather commences.

***Potatoes don’t like it too hot so if your area gets very hot in summer then possibly hold off until Autumn.

Seedlings to plant out:

As for seed to sow plus tarragon.

My Garden maintenance to perform:

  • Tie tomatoes to stakes as they grow.
  • Stake eggplants, capsicums & chillies.
  • Ensure sprinklers are working and timers have fresh batteries in them to cope with periods away from the garden.

Seasonal Plants Harvesting now:

Beans, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cape Gooseberry, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Garlic, Onions, Potatoes, Raspberries, Shallots,  Strawberries, Tomatoes

The following plants should be able to be harvested all year round if planted in succession throughout their growing seasons:

Broccoli (but it is very susceptible to pests during the warmer months), Beetroot, Carrots, Celery, Chervil, Dill, Lettuce, Mint, Parsley, Radish, Sage, Silver Beet, Spring Onion, Thyme


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