What to Plant in January: 18 Summer Vegetables to Plant Now in Sydney (Temperate Zone)

I barely have to water the garden this summer, since it’s been raining so much. These are unusual weather conditions, so the best we can do is keep planting and seeing what does well. This season my approach to planting had not been a very planned one. I just basically went nature-style on it and planted a whole heap of different things. After three weeks the plants suited to this summer were thriving, and the others…well, that is life. I suppose it would be safe to say that they contributed to the organic matter in the soil.

The outcome: beans and tomatoes rule the patch, followed by potatoes, cucumbers and radishes. Here are some things you can try for yourself!

1. Sunflower

Sunflowers
Sunflowers by marcmo

Where: sow directly into the soil
Harvest: from May

2. Amaranth

Amaranth
Amaranth by edibleoffice

Where: sow directly into the soil
Harvest: from May

3. Beetroot

Better Beetroot
Better Beetroot by MrWoodnz

Where: sow directly into the soil
Harvest: from May

4. Carrot

Carrots
Carrots by clayirving

Where: sow directly into the soil
Harvest: from June

5. Chives

Chives in Bloom
Chives in Bloom by FullChat

Where: sow directly into the soil
Harvest: from May

6. Climbing beans (also Runner beans, Scarlet Runners)

Scarlet Runner...
Scarlet Runner… by Cassey

Where: sow directly into the soil
Harvest: from May

7. Cucumber

Cucumber Flowers
Cucumber Flowers by programwitch

Where: sow directly into the soil
Harvest: from May

8. Eggplant (also Aubergine)

DSC01716 - Eggplant
Eggplant by RaeA

Where: grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Harvest: from June

9. Lettuce

lettuces
lettuces by cheeses

Where: sow directly into the soil (in a shady spot) or start in seed trays
Harvest: from late February

10. Marrow

100_0436 fruits of ones labour/s
fruits of ones labour/s by doustpauline

Where: grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Harvest: from June

11. Okra (also Ladyfinger, Gumbo)

Okra
Okra by ulterior epicure

Where: grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Harvest: from June

12. Parsley

Fresh Parsley
Fresh Parsley by larryjh1234

Where: sow directly into the soil
Harvest: from May

13. Radish

Radishes
Radishes by zizzybaloobah

Where: sow directly into the soil
Harvest: from March

14. Silverbeet (also Swiss Chard or Mangold)

Swiss!  Chard!
Swiss! Chard! by libraryrachel

Where: sow directly into the soil
Harvest: from May

15. Swedes (also Rutabagas)

rutabagas
rutabagas by kthread

Where: sow directly into the soil
Harvest: from May

16. Dwarf beans (also French beans, Bush beans)

Cutie Beans!
Cutie Beans! by hummingcrow

Where: sow directly into the soil
Harvest: from May

17. Zucchini

zucchini
zucchini by thomas pix

Where: grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Harvest: from May

18. Turnip

Turnips are nutritious (high in fiber and vitamins) and versatile (they can be eaten raw, sliced for salads, or mashed like potatoes), but are still shunned by many vegetable lovers. 5px
Turnips are nutritious by 7bikeframesweldedtogether

Where: sow directly into the soil
Harvest: from May

Based on a planting guide graciously compiled by Gardenate.

7 thoughts on “What to Plant in January: 18 Summer Vegetables to Plant Now in Sydney (Temperate Zone)”

  1. Thank you for your kind words, Lucy! For Sydney area, you would need to look for a variety that does not require prolonged chill to fruit. You can try a dwarf Pinkabelle (I haven’t grown apples in Sydney, this is from word-of-mouth). Also dwarf Gala might be suitable.

  2. I’m excited! I’ve been looking for a Sydney-specific planting guide for ages. This is perfect. Thank you for sharing your cleverness. Do you know of a dwarf apple tree that will grow in Sydney? Lucy :)

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