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General Planting and Sowing Guide for South Africa

Do you ever wonder what to sow at which time of the year? Help is at hand in the form of a wonderful guide which I found in the bookshelf of a good friend! It is well worth buying the book, for now though, see a summary of the general sowing and planting guide for South Africa below. Happy Planting!

General Sowing and Planting Guide for South Africa. This guide was taken in its entirety from the book: The A-Z of Vegetable Gardening in South Africa by Jack Hadfield (Struik Publishers, Cape Town, ISBN: 1 86872 629 0)

This book is filled with useful information for experienced as well as first-time gardeners and gives information on things like the location and layout of the vegetable garden, soils and nutrients, garden planning and crop rotation, tools and equipment, watering, cultivating and weed control, seed, sowing and transplanting, diseases and their control, pests and their control, vegetables and herbs in containers and plastics in the vegetable garden. Well worth a read!

Months and produce

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

Jun.

Jul.

Aug.

Sep.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Artichokes, Chinese

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

 

Artichokes, Globe

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

Artichokes, Jerusalem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

 

Asparagus (crowns)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

 

 

 

 

Asparagus (seed)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

Beans, Broad

 

 

*

*

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beans, Dwarf

*

*

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

*

Beans, Lima

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

Beans, Runner

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

*

Beetroot

*

*

*

*

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

*

Broccoli

*

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

Brussel Sprouts

*

*

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cabbages

*

*

*

*

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

*

Cabbages, Chinese

*

*

*

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrots

*

*

*

*

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

 

Cauliflowers

*

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

Celeriac

 

*

*

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

 

 

Celery

 

*

*

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

 

 

Chayote

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

 

Chicory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

 

 

Cucumbers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

*

Egg Plants (aubergine/brinjal)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

 

Endive

*

*

*

 

 

 

 

*

*

 

 

 

Kale

 

*

*

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

 

Kohlrabi

*

*

*

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leeks

*

*

*

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lettuce

*

*

*

*

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

*

Marrows

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

*

Melons, sweet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

 

Mustard/Cress (indoors)

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Okra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

 

Onions

 

*

*

*

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parsley

*

*

*

*

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

*

Parsnips

 

*

*

*

 

 

 

*

*

*

 

 

Peas

 

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

 

 

 

Peppers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

 

 

Potatoes

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

*

Pumpkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

*

Radishes

 

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

 

Rhubarb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

 

Salsify

 

*

*

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

 

 

Scorzonera

 

*

*

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

 

 

Spinach

*

*

*

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

*

Spinach,  New Zealand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

 

Squashes

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

*

Sweetcorn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

Sweet Potatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

 

Swiss Chard

 

*

*

*

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

 

Tomatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

 

Turnips

 

*

*

*

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

 

Watercress

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

*

Watermelon : August to November.