What to do in the Kitchen Garden in September

*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.*

Spring, spring, spring, spring everybody loves spring,  Pull on your gardening gloves, slip on your hat, everyboday agrees spring is best.  Spring Spring Spring, Spring everybody loves spring.

The above will make no sense at all if you are unfamiliar with The Goodies so apologies and I hope you will read on anyway.

Seeds to Sow:

These are the seeds/tubers you could consider sowing in September:

Pretty much anything:

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

*Although it may bolt quite quickly.

** Undercover or with some form of heat or protection.

Seedlings to plant out:

As for seed to sow plus cauliflower and tarragon.  In cooler areas plants such as tomatoes, eggplants, capsicums & chillies will need some protection and warmth to ensure good growth and resultingly it is often better to wait until October.

My Garden maintenance to perform:

  • Protect any tender perennial plants that may not like the cold.
  • Divide herbs: lemongrass, thyme, chives, garlic chives, mint.
  • Prune & fertilise perennial chillies, capsicum & eggplant.
  • Prune & Fertilise Passionfruit.
  • Fertilise Citrus.
  • Fertilise Tamarillo.

Seasonal Plants Harvesting now:

Broad Beans, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Citrus, Watercress

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



4 Responses to What to do in the Kitchen Garden in September

  1. William Wheeler says:

    Thank you for the very useful information and the excellent tips too. I am sure this will get my veggie patch off to s real great start.

  2. Chris Clarke says:

    Hi I live in nsw Blaxland in the lower blue mountains.
    It gets very hot here in the summer months and I was curious how you grow your watercress and how successfull you have been?
    The biggest problem I seem to have here is pests and I mean every pest.
    Any suggestions on pest control?

    • Liz says:

      I haven’t noticed many things eating the watercress particularly. What has been eating yours? As for the summer – mine tends to die during summer but if I let it go to seed then it reappears during late Autumn/early winter. I find it grows really quickly during Spring though so its worth planting seedlings in early Spring to get a couple of months harvest before the heat hits. If your Spring is warmer than ours you may find it bolts too quickly and isn’t worth trying except over winter.

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