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

VegetableREGION
HighveldMiddleveldLowveldNorthern Cape/Great KarooKZN/ MidlandsEastern Cape/Little KarooWestern Cape/South CoastKZN & Coast
Bean (dwarf)Aug – JanAug – FebFeb – SeptAug – JanAug – JanOct – JanOct – FebFeb – Sept
BeetrootAug – Oct Jan – MarAug – AprFeb – JulAug – Oct Feb – MarAug – AprJul – FebJul – Nov Feb – AprFeb – Jul
Brinjal or egg-fruitAug – OctAug – NovJan – SeptAug – OctAug – OctAug – OctAug – OctJan – Sept
BroccoliDec – FebJan – FebxDec – FebDec – FebDec – JanDec – Janx
Brussels sproutsJan – FebJan – FebxJan – FebJan – FebJan – FebJan – Febx
CabbageNov – Feb Jul – AugFeb – Apr Aug – SeptFeb – JunNov – FebAug – FebAug – AprNov – AprFeb – Jun
CarrotAug – Oct Jan – MarAug – Oct Jan – MarFeb – AugAug – Oct Jan – MarAug – AprJul – AprAug – Nov Jan – AprFeb – Aug
Cauliflower (early)Nov – DecNov – DecxNov – DecDec – FebDec – JanNov – Decx
Cauliflower (main crop)Dec – FebFebFeb – MarNov – FebDec – MarDec – MarDec – JanFeb – Mar
Cauliflower (late)MarFeb – MarxxxMar – AprFeb – Apr
CelerySept – DecAug – Sept Feb – MarFeb – MarSept – OctFeb – Mar Aug – SeptFeb – Mar Aug – SeptFeb – OctFeb – Mar
Cucumber (open culture)Sept – DecAug – JanFeb – SeptSept – DecSept – DecJul – FebSept – NovFeb – Sept
LettuceJan – Mar Aug – SeptJan – SeptMar – MayJan – Mar Aug – SeptJan – Mar Aug – SeptJan – Apr
Jul – Oct
Aug – MayMar – May

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