What to plant in November in Melbourne

Oct 27, 2023 | Gardening tips, Monthly planting guides and jobs, November

Seeds planted in October in punnets that have reached the 4-leaf stage can be pricked out and planted in potting mix in trays or pots. These can be planted in the garden late November.

Plant in punnets

Capsicum and chilli, cucumber, eggplant, endive, lettuce and all salad greens, melon, pumpkin, tomato, zucchini, and basil

Sow following seeds direct into the ground

Asian greens* – including bok choy, pak choy, and tatsoi, – bush and climbing beans, beetroot, carrot, corn, daikon, mustard greens, parsnip, peas, radish, rocket, and annual herbs of coriander, chervil and dill.

  • Plant Asian greens very close together (broadcast seed thickly rather than planting in rows) so plants will be touching. This prevents insects from ‘getting to the leaves’ and eating them
  • Thin root vegetables leaving the expected diameter of the vegetable, plus a bit, between each one
  • Sow beans and peas in partial shade as they do not like hot summer sun
  • Protect your seedlings from snails and slugs

Plant out seedlings

Basil, bush and climbing beans, capsicum and chilli, celery, chard, corn, cucumber, eggplant, globe artichoke, leeks, lettuce and salad greens, onions, silver beet, spinach, tomatoes and zucchini.

  • Stake capsicum, chilli, eggplant and tomato plants
  • Provide frames for climbing beans, peas and cucumbers
  • Protect your seedlings from snails and slugs

Tubers –¬†Jerusalem artichoke, potato and sweet potato

Herbs – Plant all annual and biannual herb seed direct into the soil with the exception of the basils which must be planted in punnets. Plant all perennial herb seed either in punnets or direct into the soil. If you want more plants, divide roots of herbs such as horseradish, comfrey, lovage, mints, chives, sweet marjoram, French tarragon and the oreganos. Take cuttings of rosemary, lavender, sage, pineapple sage and strike with rooting hormone powder and raise in a perlite/vermiculite mixture.