South African Vegetable Sowing Guide – June

In most parts of the South Africa this is a very quiet month in the food garden. Especially as far as sowing is concerned.

Regular frosts can be expected in some parts of the country during June. Keep your frost covers handy and cover your tender crops.

Water the garden in the morning so that the foliage is dry before nightfall.

If you plan on planting fruit trees next month, prepare the planting holes this month.

 

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Table Notes:

Column 1 – Common Name

Column 2 – Type

Use this information to plan for a variety of herbs and vegetables. It can also be used for a basic crop rotation plan.

Column 3 – Nutrient Demand

This refers to how heavy a feeder the crop is. If you have poor soil, you should omit the high nutrient demand crops.

Low nutrient demand crops are capable of struggling along and will usually produce something edible even under poor conditions. Given soil more fertile than their minimum requirements they can become quite prolific.

Medium nutrient demand crops need significantly enriched soil to thrive. They will do a lot better when given soil considerably more fertile than their minimum requirements.

High nutrient demand crops will usually not thrive unless grown in light, loose, always moist soil that provides the highest level of nutrition.

Column 4 – Ease of Growing

Always choose crops that suit your experience level. Some crops are good teachers and they will prepare you for growing more difficult crops. Examples are herbs, Swiss chard, radishes and bush beans.

Columns 5 to 8 – Sowing Regions 1, 2, 3, 4 (See Map)

For food gardening purposes Southern Africa can be divided into four climatic regions. This is not an exact science. Use it as a guide only and keep good records to determine your own best sowing times. A “Y” indicates that you can sow the crop and a “N” obviously indicates that this is not a good month to sow the crop in your region.

You can sort the table with the arrows next to each column.

Help Your Fellow Food Gardeners

Use the comments to add your own food gardening experience to this table. Don’t forget to state your region and town.

NameTypeNutrient DemandEasy of Growing1234
Arugula (rocket)LeafMediumEasyYYYY
AsparagusLeafHighDifficultNNNN
BroccoliLeafHighVariableNNNN
Brussels SproutsLeafHighModerateNNNN
CabbageLeafMediumEasyNYNN
CauliflowerLeafHighDifficultNNNN
CeleryLeafHighDifficultNNNN
Cress and MustardLeafMediumModerateYYYY
KaleLeafLowEasyNNNN
Kohlrabi, leaf cropLeafLowEasyYYNN
Lettuce, leafLeafMediumModerateYYYY
MizunaLeafLowEasyYYYY
MorogoLeafLowEasyNYYN
Oriental CabbagesLeafMediumEasyNNNN
Pak ChoiLeafLowEasyYYYY
RhubarbLeafMediumEasyNNNN
SpinachLeafMediumVariableNYYN
Swiss chardLeafLowEasyNYNN
BeetrootRootLowEasyNYNN
CarrotRootLowModerateNYNN
PotatoRootMediumEasyNYYN
RadishRootMediumEasyNYYN
Sweet potatoRootMediumEasyNNNN
TurnipsRootMediumModerateNYYY
Broad beansLegumeLowEasyYYYY
Bush beansLegumeLowEasyNYNN
Runner beansLegumeLowEasyNYNN
PeasLegumeLowEasyYYYY
Artichoke (globe)FruitMediumModerateNNNN
CucumberFruitMediumEasyNYNN
EggplantFruitMediumModerateNYNN
MealiesFruitMediumEasyNNNN
MelonsFruitMediumModerateNNNN
OkraFruitMediumModerateNNNN
Peppers, hotFruitMediumEasyNNNN
Peppers, sweetFruitHighEasyNNNN
PumpkinFruitMediumEasyNYNN
Squash, bushFruitMediumEasyNYNN
Squash, trailingFruitMediumEasyNYNN
TomatoesFruitMediumEasyNYNN
GarlicBulbMediumModerateNNNN
LeeksBulbHighDifficultNNYN
OnionsBulbHighDifficultNNYY
Spring onionsBulbMediumModerateNNNN
BasilHerbLowEasyNNNN
ChamomileHerbLowEasyNNNN
ChervilHerbLowEasyYYYY
ChivesHerbLowEasyNNNN
CorianderHerbLowEasyYYYY
DillHerbLowEasyNNNN
FennelHerbLowEasyNNNN
Garlic ChivesHerbLowEasyNNNN
LovageHerbLowEasyNNNN
NasturtiumHerbLowEasyNNNN
ParsleyHerbLowEasyNNNN
RueHerbLowEasyNNNN
SageHerbLowEasyNNNN
SorrelHerbLowEasyNNNN

Comments

  1. This chart looks very easy to follow. I will definitely follow it when I start planting up my vegetable garden in August.

  2. Hi

    This is a wonderful new visually appealing website. It makes it so much easier to browse and to look at. I love the way the chart is set out.

    I know I am not very supportive always, but I do follow your activities and I am still going to do your classes.

    Thanks
    Bernadette Ontong