Not quite spring, but close enough

The season of spring technically kicks off after the spring equinox, which generally falls around the 20th – 23rd of September each year. (This year it’s on Tuesday September 22nd, and if you want to get really specific, it’s meant to happen at exactly 11:30 pm AEST.)

No matter whether you think of spring starting on September 1st or September 22nd, for gardeners in Canberra it has effectively ‘sprung’. The days are longer and warmer, and the magpies are swooping!

What to plant in September

For a full list of what to sow and plant in spring, plus a heads-up of the jobs you should be attending to in the garden, visit the COGS Spring Planting Guide. The following is a list of what you can sow or transplant in September (bearing in mind that you should protect frost-tender babies until Melbourne Cup Day).


  • Asparagus
  • Beetroot
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cucumber*
  • Eggplant*
  • Melons
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins*
  • Radish
  • Silverbeet
  • Snow peas
  • Squash*
  • Tomatoes*
  • Turnips
  • Zucchini*


  • Cabbage
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Globe artichoke
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Onions
  • Rhubarb

* When planting these seeds before November, the seed should be started in punnets indoors and the young seedlings kept in a warm sheltered place. Plant out the seedlings once the soil has warmed and the danger of frost has passed.

[Are you regularly sowing or transplanting varieties other than those listed above? Please send us a message on the Facebook page to let us know.]

Two wheelbarrows filled with Floriade bulbs