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    Autumn kitchen garden guide

    Love autumn produce? Here are some hints for planting and harvesting this autumn.

    Autumn brings with it a delicious new variety of flavours, from pumpkins, parsnip and kohlrabi to quinces, persimmons and berries. Make the most of them by getting your hands dirty in the garden and growing your own produce – and using your harvest to create tasty, comforting dishes.

    To help you get started, the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation shares some autumn planting, harvesting and cooking advice.

    5 tips for enjoying autumn produce

    1. Go wild with mushrooms. Autumn is mushroom season – a great reason to explore mushrooms of all types. Mushroom ragu is a beautiful cool-weather dish made even better with freshly-made pasta, but you could also try gluten-free options such as potato, cauliflower or parsnip mash, a risotto or polenta.

    2. Create juicy autumn salads. Try crunchy, thinly sliced apples, cucumbers of all sorts, baby beans picked straight from the vine, mustard greens, radishes and shaved carrot, celeriac and celery.

    3. Preserve for winter. Autumn is traditionally ‘glut’ season, and time for preserving for the winter months. Try chilli jams, kim chi with fresh cabbage, corn pickle, bottled beetroot and poached quinces.

    4. Embrace the rainfall. Really get in touch with the beauty of wet weather – keep the family active outside by making a simple rain gauge and measure the amount of rainfall the garden is getting.

    5. Feed your garden. Your soil might be in need of some love after its productive spring and summer season, give it some TLC with plenty of organic compost and manure, and it will reward you strong crops and plenty of fresh produce over winter.

    Planting seedlings

    Autumn planting and harvesting guide

     

    Plant

    Harvest

    Amaranth

    Amaranth

    Asian greens

    Asian greens

    Asparagus

    Basil

    Beetroot

    Beans

    Broad beans

    Beetroot

    Broccoli

    Broccoli

    Brussels sprouts

    Brussels sprouts

    Cabbage

    Cabbage

    Carrot

    Carrot

    Cauliflower

    Cauliflower

    Chervil

    Celeriac

    Chives

    Celery

    Garlic

    Chervil

    Kohlrabi

    Chives

    Leeks

    Corn

    Lettuce

    Cucumbers

    Mint

    Eggplant

    Oregano

    Fennel

    Parsnip

    Kohlrabi

    Peas

    Leeks

    Radish

    Lettuce

    Rhubarb

    Melon

    Rocket

    Mint

    Rosemary

    Oregano

    Sage

    Parsley

    Shallots

    Parsnip

    Silverbeet

    Potatoes

    Sorrel

    Pumpkin

    Spinach

    Radish

    Spring onions

    Raspberries

    Swede

    Rhubarb

    Thyme

    Rocket

    Rosemary

    Sage

    Shallots

    Silverbeet

    Sorrel

    Spring onions

    Strawberries

    Swede

    Thyme

    Tomato

    Turnips

    Zucchini

     

    Note: This is a general guide only – planting and harvesting times will vary across Australian climate zones. Check with your local nursery for the best times for planting in your region.

    Get more gardening and cooking inspiration from the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

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