For Australian farmers and gardeners, autumn is an exciting time, as it is the perfect season for abundance and harvest. Characterised by cooler temperatures and shorter days, autumn provides the perfect conditions for several crops to flourish.
In this blog, we have enlisted 5 crops that you can plant in autumn in Australia.
Autumn Crops in Australia
- Spinach: A cool-weather crop that thrives in autumn, baby spinach grows best in sunny locations. All you need to do is plant it in a spot where it gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day. Baby spinach also requires well-drained and nutrient-rich soil. However, since the seeds are small, you need to sow them on top of the soil and cover them lightly with sand. Ensure that you keep the soil moist but not wet and thin the seedlings once they have sprouted. Also, make sure you water the plant regularly, especially during hot and dry weather.
- Broccoli and Cauliflower: To cultivate broccoli and cauliflower in your garden, try getting seedlings instead of seeds as autumn is a short season and you won’t have much time to wait for the seeds to sprout. You can also try adding some organic matter to your soil that will help maintain moisture and nutrients. Make sure you fertilise and water regularly. Although too much water can lead to fungal diseases; so too much water is a big no!
- Cabbage: Another cool-weather crop that thrives in autumn months, cabbage requires well-drained soil and a sunny spot in a garden. Cabbage requires moist conditions; so watering regularly is a must. You can add organic mulch to maintain moisture levels and control weeds. At the same time, applying compost or manure regularly is a must.
- Garlic: A versatile crop that can be cultivated in a range of climates, garlic thrives in autumn when the weather is cool and dry. However, garlic can be cultivated throughout the year in Australia. Garlic requires abundant sunlight and adding some compost or well-rotted manure can help its growth. Also, make sure you plant the garlic cloves around 15 cm apart and water them properly.
- Kale: This leafy green is easy to care for and is packed with nutrients. Kale thrives in sunny places and requires well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. For heavy soil, mixing compost or sand to enhance drainage can do the trick. You can sow kale directly into the ground or plant it in seed trays indoors. After the seedlings sprout, ensure that you thin them so that they are spaced about 20 cm apart. When it comes to watering, make sure you keep the soil moist but not wet.
If you are new to agribusiness in Australia, make sure you refer to the largest independent farmer’s database at KG2 Australia for deeper insight. You can also contact us to know what other crops are suitable for cultivation in Australia in autumn.