Winter Vegetables to Grow in Australia

The diverse variety of veggies available means there’s something that can be grown no matter what time of the year you wish to start sowing. If the urge to plant strikes you in winter, don’t worry, there are still plenty of vegetables that you can grow!

When it comes to winter vegetables, the type to plant can differ greatly depending on the area of Australia you live in. For example, those who live in Northern Queensland will find their options differ from those who live in Melbourne. 

For a lot of these veggies, you don’t necessarily need a lot of space to start growing. Growing winter vegetables in pots or moveable garden boxes can be a good idea for those who want the option of rearranging or moving their plants about. 

Read on to find out more about what winter vegetables to grow in Australia, and how these options differ from region to region. 

Winter Vegetables Australia

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There are lots of winter vegetable options available for each unique region of our country. We have covered just a few from each, to give you an idea of some possible choices.

Tropical regions

Areas such as Northern Queensland and the Northern Territory experience a tropical climate. Vegetables that can be grown in these regions during the winter include: 

  • Carrots – Carrots come in a variety of colours (not just the common orange type we find at the supermarket!), and can be a fun and rewarding veggie to grow in winter.
  • Onions – Wonderful for adding to warm winter dishes and soups, onions can be grown during the winter months in tropical regions of Australia.
  • Pumpkin – How comforting is homemade pumpkin soup in the winter? Plant your own pumpkin plants and have a homegrown, homemade soup!
  • Tomatoes – Though technically a fruit, we have included tomatoes on our list of winter vegetables to grow in Australia. Tomatoes are great for novice gardeners due to their hardy nature. 

Subtropical regions

This includes areas like Brisbane and South-East Queensland, along with the Northern NSW region. Veggie plants to grow in the winter if you live in these spots include:

  • Lettuce – Break it up and toss it in a salad, or put it on your warming winter burger. Lettuce grows in subtropical regions of Australia during the winter and is a pretty simple plant to keep alive for beginner gardeners. 
  • Broccoli – Wonderful for adding to soups or stir-fries, broccoli is a great veggie to add to your winter garden. Steam it or fry it to keep its crunch!  
  • Shallots – Shallots make a fantastic garnish or addition to a salad. Chop them up fine and sprinkle them on the meal of your choosing. 

Inland and dry regions

For the inland areas of Australia, plus those that have a dry climate, the following veggies can be good to grow in winter:

  • Cabbage – Shred it up and make a homemade coleslaw, or add it to soup. Cabbage can be a great vegetable to grow during the wintertime in inland and dry regions. 
  • Silverbeet – Silverbeet is another good winter veggie to grow. Add it to soups, pizzas, or bakes for a pop of green and extra nutrients! 
  • Potatoes – There are few veggies as universal as the potato. Dig them up fresh from the ground and make homemade hot chips, potato bake, or jacket potatoes. The possibilities for meals with homegrown potatoes are many. 

Tablelands and cold regions

If you live in one of the cooler regions of Australia, such as the highlands, some veggies to plant in winter include: 

  • Cauliflower – Baked into a pie or mashed in a soup, cauliflower is a wonderful winter veggie to add to your collection. Grow one or a whole patch and enjoy freshly picked cauliflower this winter! 
  • Leeks – Leeks are delicious in pies or in leek and potato soup. These veggies are hardy and are perfect for those new to growing their own veggies. 
  • Snow peas – These plants can be picked and eaten right there and then in the garden, making them a wonderful veggie to get kids excited for gardening. Snow peas are pretty hardy, too! 
Vegetable Garden

Coastal regions

This includes areas such as Sydney and regions of the East Coast. Veggies that can be grown in temperate areas during the winter months include:

  • Bok choy – Chop this green up and add it to soups and noodle dishes. Bok choy is great at tolerating frost and can grow in the cold season. 
  • Peas – Peas make a wonderful side dish or addition to pies and bakes. These little vegetables can be great for kids, as picking and shucking can be turned into a fun activity!

Southern Coastal regions

Southern Coastal regions like Perth and Adelaide can also grow a range of vegetables during the winter. These include:

  • Asparagus – Delicious baked and battered, asparagus can be grown during the winter in these areas of Australia. 
  • Radishes – Radishes can be pickled and preserves, or shaved thin and added to salads for a zesty kick. Southern coastal regions of Australia can grow these veggies during the winter months. 

There are many vegetables that can be grown during the winter in Australia. Different regions can grow different winter vegetables, and we’ve only covered a few of the options available! Before you stock up on seeds and saplings, have a quick check to see what is best to grow during the winter in your region. Start planning your winter garden and enjoy your homegrown veggies!

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