Vegetable sowing and planting guide

Planting vegetables at the optimum time will increase yields and profits. The department of agriculture suggests the following guideline for veggies that can still be planted in the coming months.

Vegetable sowing and planting guide
Cabbages are a cool weather crop. Green cabbages such as these are popular.
Photo: FW Archive

 

Table 1: Vegetables that can be planted in the coming months

Vegetable REGION
Highveld Middleveld Lowveld Northern Cape/Great Karoo KZN/ Midlands Eastern Cape/Little Karoo Western Cape/South Coast KZN & Coast
Bean (dwarf) Aug – Jan Aug – Feb Feb – Sept Aug – Jan Aug – Jan Oct – Jan Oct – Feb Feb – Sept
Beetroot Aug – Oct Jan – Mar Aug – Apr Feb – Jul Aug – Oct Feb – Mar Aug – Apr Jul – Feb Jul – Nov Feb – Apr Feb – Jul
Brinjal or egg-fruit Aug – Oct Aug – Nov Jan – Sept Aug – Oct Aug – Oct Aug – Oct Aug – Oct Jan – Sept
Broccoli Dec – Feb Jan – Feb x Dec – Feb Dec – Feb Dec – Jan Dec – Jan x
Brussels sprouts Jan – Feb Jan – Feb x Jan – Feb Jan – Feb Jan – Feb Jan – Feb x
Cabbage Nov – Feb Jul – Aug Feb – Apr Aug – Sept Feb – Jun Nov – Feb Aug – Feb Aug – Apr Nov – Apr Feb – Jun
Carrot Aug – Oct Jan – Mar Aug – Oct Jan – Mar Feb – Aug Aug – Oct Jan – Mar Aug – Apr Jul – Apr Aug – Nov Jan – Apr Feb – Aug
Cauliflower (early) Nov – Dec Nov – Dec x Nov – Dec Dec – Feb Dec – Jan Nov – Dec x
Cauliflower (main crop) Dec – Feb Feb Feb – Mar Nov – Feb Dec – Mar Dec – Mar Dec – Jan Feb – Mar
Cauliflower (late) Mar Feb – Mar x x x Mar – Apr Feb – Apr
Celery Sept – Dec Aug – Sept Feb – Mar Feb – Mar Sept – Oct Feb – Mar Aug – Sept Feb – Mar Aug – Sept Feb – Oct Feb – Mar
Cucumber (open culture) Sept – Dec Aug – Jan Feb – Sept Sept – Dec Sept – Dec Jul – Feb Sept – Nov Feb – Sept
Lettuce Jan – Mar Aug – Sept Jan – Sept Mar – May Jan – Mar Aug – Sept Jan – Mar Aug – Sept Jan – Apr
Jul – Oct
Aug – May Mar – May

Source: Department of agriculture in co-operation with the South African National Seed Organisation.