Alan G says: Alan has been working the vegetable garden plots in this village for 20 years. He has real experience in with our soil and micro climate. Alan suggests the recommendations for planting in the Yates garden guide, which class this part of Victoria as ‘cold’. He says this is a very reliable guide which he uses. This guide is in the middle hot house. Here are his suggestions for November which are very similar to October. Beetroot Broccoli Brussel sprouts Capsicum Carrots Cauliflower Celery Cucumber Dwarf Beans Eggplants Leeks Marrow Spring Onions Potatoes Pumpkins Radish Silverbeet Squash Sweet corn Tomatoes Zucchini
The month of November should be the pinnacle of the spring plantings. All of those summer and autumn crops that really need or most appreciate the summer warmth should go in now so that they get the longest growth period from late spring through summer and into autumn. Rather than repeat the list of spring plantings that have been on the ‘to do’ list for a month or two, I will mention these late-spring plantings – like those that need the extra warmth. In addition there are those which have short growth periods and harvest times, for which you need to keep a succession coming.
The marrow family is one that particularly likes the warmth and a long growing season so this should be the main month for putting in pumpkins, zucchini, squash, cucumber, and melon. They all like plenty of compost in the soil with a bit of added potash.
Summer and autumn crops like tomatoes, capsicums, eggplant, and amaranth are good for November planting.
Don’t forget the succession crops, like second plantings of sweet corn and dwarf French beans.
Basil in particular needs plenty of warmth so can go in now too.
Also take out spent crops as soon as they are finished so that the next can be put in.