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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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