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What to grow in March

Autumn is a great time to harvest the last of the summer crops and plant vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers that are suited to the cooler months.

Here’s some ideas on what to plant now in the garden this month

What to plant

Check out our regional zone planting guide. Find which zone you are in on the map.

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Tropical (North Qld, NT & WA)

FRUIT & VEGETABLES: beetroot, capsicum, cauliflower, chilli, cucumber, eggplant, silverbeet, spring onion, swede, sweet potato, sweetcorn and tomato.

HERBS: basil, dill, oregano, sage and thyme.

FLOWERS: alyssum, amaranthus, cineraria, coleus, dianthus, gypsophilia, impatiens, lobelia, marigold, salvia, snapdragon, sunflower and sweet william

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Subtropical (South-east Qld & Northern NSW)

FRUIT & VEGETABLES: asian greens, beans (french and climbing), beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, radish, rocket, silverbeet, spring onion, swede, sweetcorn, tomato and turnip.

HERBS: basil, chives, coriander, dill, oregano, parsley, sage and thyme.

FLOWERS: alyssum, amaranthus, aquilegia (columbine), bellis perennis, carnation, cineraria, coleus, dianthus, forget-me-not, foxglove, gypsophila, impatiens, linaria, livingstone daisy, lobelia, marigold, nigella, pansy, poppy, primula, salvia, snapdragon, stock, sunflower, sweet william, viola, virginian stock and wallflower

Garlic cloves falling out of a hessian bag

Arid / Semi-Arid (Outback & dry inland areas)

FRUIT & VEGETABLES: beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, radish, rocket, silverbeet, spring onion, swede, tomato and turnip.

HERBS: Basil, chives, coriander and parsley

FLOWERS: alyssum, aquilegia (columbine), bellis perennis, calendula, californian poppy, carnation, cineraria, dianthus, forget-me-not, foxglove, gypsophila, hollyhock, linaria, livingstone daisy, lobelia, marigold, nigella, pansy, poppy, snapdragon, stock, sweet william, viola, virginian stock and wallflower

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Warm Temperate (Sydney, coastal NSW & Victoria, Adelaide and Perth)

FRUIT & VEGETABLES: asian greens, beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, radish, rocket, silverbeet, spring onion, swede and turnip.

HERBS: chives, coriander, dill and parsley

FLOWERS: alyssum, amaranthus, aquilegia (columbine), bellis perennis, calendula, californian poppy, carnation, cineraria, dianthus, forget-me-not, foxglove, gypsophila, hollyhock, linaria, livingstone daisy, lobelia, marigold, nigella, pansy, poppy, primula, snapdragon, stock, sweet william, viola, virginian stock, wallflower

Bunch of coriander on a wooden kitchen bench top

Cold Temperate (Melbourne & cool highlands)

FRUIT & VEGETABLES: asian greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, parsley, radish, rocket, silver beet, spring onion, swede and turnip.

HERBS: Chives and coriander

FLOWERS: alyssum, aquilegia (columbine), bellis perennis, calendula, californian poppy, carnation, forget-me-not, foxglove, gypsophila, hollyhock, linaria, livingstone daisy, lobelia, nigella, pansy, poppy, primula, snapdragon, stock, viola, virginian stock, wallflower

Broccoli florets in a  ceramic bowl

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A few points to remember in the garden in March:

Autumn is a good time to sow seeds – and there are a lot of different varieties to plant. Use the Wolf-Garten Seed Sower if you have a large patch to get through. Remember to give the seeds a good watering in.

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If you are starting from scratch, the Ryset Mini Seed Sower is on hand to accurately sow the right amount of seeds. Don’t forget the greenhouse and heat mat to help those seedlings grow perfectly!

Grab the gardening gloves and the trug, vegetables like asparagus, beans (climbing and dwarf), capsicum, chives, cucumber, eggplant, pumpkin, squash and watermelon are all ready to be picked now.

With deciduous leaves beginning to turn into a variety of shades of red, orange and yellow, you can create a compost area to make use of the falling leaves. Collect the leaves using the Ryset Grass and Leaf Collector and the Ryset Jute Leaf Bag. Mix the decomposing leaves with pea straw, shredded newspaper, vegetable peels and lawn clippings make a great compost heap.

Put a piece of hessian or something similar over the top to help keep heat in during autumn. Water every now and then with a hose to dampen the compost and speed up the decomposition process.

Want to get started with composting? Go to our Composting for Beginners blog for more information.

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