Autumn is a great time to start sowing all your winter favourites. The weather in Perth and surrounding areas can vary markedly between the last scorching hot days of summer and the first rain of Autumn.
Brassicas such as Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts and Kale will all germinate and grow quickly in warm weather. Seedlings can be started in punnets or small pots and can be transferred into the garden once the first true leaves have emerged. By starting to sow in March, the first crops to mature will be ready for harvest well before the white cabbage moth emerges in early Spring.
Sowing of other vegetables listed below should wait until daily maximum temperatures begin to dip below 30 degrees celsius.
TIP: Sow seeds at the start of a rainy week
Sowing seeds directly in the garden at this time of year requires consistent watering to keep the soil moisture levels . An alternative is to keep an eye on the weather and wait for the first spell of wet weather. The milder weather as well as the precipitation will create the perfect conditions for germination and get seedlings off to a strong start.