Winter in the vegetable patch

There is plenty to grow in the garden, even in winter.

Tips & what to grow in winter for colder areas

What you can do in winter:

It's the right time for lifting, dividing and replanting crowns of the following:

  • Rhubarb
  • Asparagus
  • Horseradish
  • Globe artichoke

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Some seeds may be sown into seed trays kept indoors or under cover for warmth, to produce seedlings ready to plant out into the garden in early spring. They include:

  • Broad beans
  • Onions
  • Spinach
  • Silverbeet and rainbow chard

winter beans


The winter vegetable plot should be producing a good range of cold season crops including:

  • Cabbage and cauliflower
  • Broccoli and broccolini
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Kale 
  • Winter lettuce ('pick and come again' varieties)
  • Silverbeet
  • Beetroot
  • Carrot
  • Leeks

winter lettuce

Care tip:

To keep these crops growing and producing well, feed them with Scotts Performance Naturals™ Vegetable & Herb Fertiliser every 3 months

Preparing the patch this winter

Successful vegetable and herb gardening, especially in winter, requires good soil preparation.

Young plants will struggle to establish and thrive if the soil is under-nourished.

Gather your supplies


Before sowing seeds or planting out seedlings:

Apply even more nutrients

Organic material slowly releases nutrients as it decomposes and breaks down.

To give plants a boost when it’s needed most, topdress with one or more of the following:


Working and turning the soil

Over time, soil can become compacted and hard.

This is detrimental to plants because it:

  • Reduces the air space in the soil.
  • Makes it difficult for water to soak in.
  • Prevents plant roots from easily penetrating the soil.

Working the soil helps to break it up to:

  • Create pockets of air that are essential for plant growth.
  • Allow roots to grow and develop.
  • Let water penetrate down to the roots.
  • Release nutrients and allow them to move down through the soil.
  • Encourage the return of earthworms and beneficial microbes.
  • Lead to a soil that is healthy and alive.

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