What to plant in February in Melbourne

Jan 21, 2024 | February, Gardening tips, Monthly Guides, Monthly planting guides and jobs

February is the time to maintain your summer garden with good watering but also to begin preparations for your autumn/winter garden. It is a tricky month, often hot without much rainfall. Cool weather, autumn crops are best grown in punnets, potted on, kept well watered and and held in reserve until cool autumn weather arrives. Planting too early or in hot weather will result in them running to seed. As summer crops end, begin soil preparation for autumn.

Plant in punnets

Beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, fennel, kale, leek, lettuce, onion, potato, silverbeet, spring onions, sweet corn

Plant seedlings into soil

Basil, Brussel sprouts (these need to go in, in February, because it takes many months for them to mature – keep well watered), lettuce, salad greens

Plant direct into the soil

Beetroot, carrot, parsnip, radish, rocket, mustard greens

Note: all summer and autumn vegies need plenty of water so that they do not go to seed prematurely.
Water soil (not leaves) deeply at least twice per week and deeply for several days before any heat wave. (Rain less than 10mm does not count.) Well hydrated plants will not scorch. Cover with shade cloth or fabric to protect fruit from being sunburnt during a heat wave.

Useful links

How much sun do my vegies need?

Preparing for an autum/winter garden

Planting in punnets and soil preparation for direct sowing

Written by Robin Gale-Baker