What to plant in December

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December can be a frantic month – filled with family gatherings, gift giving and feasting. To ensure your garden's in top shape for the new year, try this to-do list.


  • In cool temperate zones continue sowing summer crops such as tomatoes, capsicum, chilli, sweetcorn, bush and climbing beans, zucchini, cucumber, summer squash, pumpkin and melon.

  • In warm temperate areas, try all of the summer crops above plus eggplant, basil, amaranth and rosellas.

  • Arid/semi-arid zones are getting too hot for leafy vegetables. Stick to heat lovers such as eggplant, capsicum, chilli, basil, pumpkin and watermelon. Protect vulnerable plants with shadecloth and pay close attention to irrigation.

  • In the subtropics go for the summer crops above plus eggplant, capsicum, chilli, basil, watermelon, pumpkin, Malabar spinach, okra, choko, amaranth and passionfruit.

  • In the tropics, plant sweet corn, choko, snake beans, basil, sweet potato, Queensland arrowroot, West Indian lemongrass, and okra. The latter is well adapted to wet season planting and a favourite in the humid southern states of America.

By: Justin Russell

First published: November 2017

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