Autumn veggie haul

What to grow in autumn in Australia


The transition from summer to autumn is well and truly here. The weather is slowly getting cooler and we’re seeing subtle changes in the garden. It’s such a beautiful time of year and there’s plenty of fun to be had in the fruit and veggie patch! But if you’re not sure what to grow, we’ve got your guide right here for what to grow in autumn in Australia.

Let us help you with your autumn planting guide — whether you’re keen to grow fruits, veggies, herbs or flowers.

Related article: In the garden: How to start a veggie garden
Related article: In the garden: Autumn gardening guide

Gardening tips to help get you started

We often think the cooler months aren’t very fruitful (pun totally intended) in the garden. But that is certainly not the case! Autumn is a wonderful time to get stuck into the fruit and veggie garden. The cooler temperature and warm soil — thanks to the summer months — makes it the perfect gardening combo.

A good garden starts with great soil. Give your garden beds a feed of soil improver and fertiliser to give your plants the best start to the season. We have more autumn gardening tips here.

The different climates zones of Australia

This place we call home is pretty big! And it’s diverse. So it’s important to remember that what you grow in autumn really does depend on where you live within Australia. What grows well in one area of Australia may not suit another.

Not sure what your climate zone is? Check out this map that highlights the various climate zones, then keep on scrolling to find out what to grow in autumn in Australia based on where you live.

Climate zones in Australia

Tropical zone

Tropical zone is known for its hot and humid climate, year round. This zone includes the top east coastline of Australia (Mackay, Townsville, Cairns) sweeps across the top end of Australia (Darwin, Katherine) and goes right across to the top end of the WA coastline (Broome and down to Exmouth).

The best things to plant in a tropical zone in autumn are:

  • Artichoke (globe)
  • Beans
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Capsicum
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chives
  • Dill
  • Eggplant
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Onion
  • Parsnip
  • Potato
  • Pumpkin
  • Radish
  • Rocket
  • Rockmelon
  • Squash
  • Sunflowers
  • Sweet corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini
What to plant in Autumn in Australia - tropical zone

Sub-tropical climate

For our sub-tropical gardeners, there’s an abundance of fabulous, delicious things you can grown in autumn. The sub-tropical regions go from Coffs Harbour, through Brisbane and right up the coast to Rockhampton and Mackay. It also covers the mid-WA coastline.

The best things to plant in a sub-topical zone in autumn are:

  • Beetroot
  • Broad beans
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Capsicum
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Chives
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Onion
  • Oregano
  • Pak choy | Bok choy
  • Parsley
  • Parsnip
  • Peas | Snow peas
  • Radish
  • Rocket
  • Shallots
  • Silverbeet
  • Spinach
  • Sunflowers
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips | Swede
What to plant in Autumn in Australia - sub-tropical zone

Grasslands zone

The grasslands zone includes in-land Australian cities such as Mt Isa, Tennant Creek and stretches across to the WA coastline. It’s a warm region but still an area where there’s plenty to grow in the garden.

The best things to plant in a grassland zone in autumn are:

  • Beans
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Capsicum
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Onion
  • Pak choy | Bok choy
  • Parsley
  • Parsnip
  • Peas | Snow peas
  • Potato
  • Pumpkin
  • Rocket
  • Squash
  • Sunflowers
  • Sweet corn
  • Sweet potato
  • Tomatoes
  • Thyme
What to plant in Autumn in Australia - grasslands zone

Arid climate

Australia’s biggest region is the arid climate zone. An arid climate has hot, dry summers and cool to warm winters. It covers almost all the inland areas across all states.

The best things to plant in an arid zone in autumn are:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Capsicum
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chives
  • Eggplant
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Onion
  • Oregano
  • Pak choy | Bok choy
  • Parsley
  • Parsnip
  • Peas | Snow peas
  • Potato
  • Pumpkin
  • Radish
  • Rocket
  • Rockmelon
  • Spring onions
  • Spinach
  • Sunflowers
  • Sweet potato
  • Tomatoes
What to plant in Autumn in Australia - arid zone

Warm temperature zone

The warm temperate zone includes the New South Wales tablelands and coastline from Sydney. It travels all the way down to Melbourne, across to Adelaide and Perth. It also includes inland Queensland.

The best things to plant in a warm temperature zone in autumn are:

  • Artichoke (Jerusalem)
  • Beetroot
  • Broad beans
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Chicory
  • Chives
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Onion
  • Oregano
  • Mustard greens
  • Pak choy | Bok choy
  • Parsley
  • Peas | Snow peas
  • Radish
  • Rocket
  • Salsify
  • Shallots
  • Silverbeet
  • Spinach
  • Turnips | Swedes
What to plant in Autumn in Australia - warm temperature

Cool temperature zone

In the cool temperature zone of Australia, it gets… well… cold! These areas include most of Tasmania, the mountain and inland areas of New South Wales and Victoria as well as the tablelands of the ACT.

Don’t be put off by the cold, thinking you won’t be able to get anything to grow. You just have to know what to plant! It’s also recommended to have a shade cloth over leafy greens in case the frost comes early.

The best things to plant in a cool temperature zone in autumn are:

  • Asparagus
  • Artichoke
  • Broad beans
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Celeriac
  • Chicory
  • Chives
  • Endive | Raddichio
  • Florence fennel
  • Kale | Collards
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Mizuna
  • Mustard greens
  • Onions
  • Parsnip
  • Parsley
  • Pak choy | Bok choy
  • Peas
  • Radish
  • Silverbeet
  • Spinach
  • Turnips | Swedes
What to plant in Autumn in Australia - cool temperature

We hope you found this autumn growing guide useful! Growing your own produce and seeing the fruits (or veggies!) of your labour is so rewarding… and delicious! Has this guide of what to grow in autumn in Australia inspired you to get out into the garden?

If you do, we’d love to see — be sure to tag us on Instagram or drop us an email. Or, feel free to share your gardening tips and tricks with us in the comment section below. Happy gardening Lovelies!

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my scandinavian home: Höstlov / Autumn break!

my scandinavian home: Höstlov / Autumn break!


Hej vänner! I'm currently enjoying some downtime with my family over the Autumn half term and will be back blogging again on Monday 8th November.

If you're looking for some beautiful Scandinavian home inspiration, why not pull up a chair and delve into the archives - you'll find ten years of home tours and other design ideas there. Here are some of my favourites: 

I hope you have a relaxing week! 

Niki



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A Pretty Outdoor Autumn Table Setting

A Pretty Outdoor Autumn Table Setting


Did you see the beautiful Swedish country home of photographer Mari Magnusson on Monday? I've been dreaming about it ever since and couldn't help pouring through her instagram for more Autumn inspiration. And then I stumbled across this outdoor table setting. What a wonderful way to celebrate the season and make the most of the balmy weather before temperatures force us indoors! 
There are so many pretty elements at play - and I'm sure the authors of the book Curate (see yesterday's post!) would be impressed with the natural elements, small imperfections and vintage flair! 

A bit too chilly? Greenhouses are popping up left, right and centre in Sweden and are a perfect place to prolong the season while still surrounded by nature. If you are lucky enough to have one, why not clear it out and create space for a party? 

So pretty! 

Table setting inspiration for the weekend perhaps? 

Just add a hearty soup! 

Speaking of country homes, I've set up home for three days in a pretty cottage in Blekinge, south Sweden (you might recognise the name from this guide). The cottage will serve as a backdrop for several Danish homeware brands which I am here to shoot. I can't wait to share the results with you soon!

Ha det så bra!  

Niki



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A Beautiful Swedish Country Home With Touches of Autumn

A Beautiful Swedish Country Home With Touches of Autumn


Tjena! Hur är läget? Has Autumn kicked in where you are? Here in southern Sweden the edges of the leaves are starting to turn yellow and soon we'll experience nature's fiery last dance. I love to watch the Swedes embrace the season by drawing nature indoors. Just Northwest of Stockholm, 'höst' is a step ahead and interior photographer Mari Magnusson has added vibrant colours to her charming country home. Think dahlia and chrysanthemum in shades of yellow, orange, red, purple and brown, foraged leaves, and pumpkins set against a backdrop of soothing white. This home tour is a total joy!

Absolutely beautiful! What a country dream!

It makes me want to head out to the nearest park or nature reserve to forage for the fruits of Autumn. Do you feel the same?

Wait until you see how Mari decorates her home at Christmas - I can't wait to share some pictures! 

In the meantime, if you're not already following Mari on instagram, head to @anangelinmyhome!

There's also plenty more Scandinavian-style Autumn decorating ideas to be found here:  

Time to get foraging and light those candles! 

Niki



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5 Cosy Autumn Trends, Scandinavian Style

5 Cosy Autumn Trends, Scandinavian Style


With the temperatures set to drop to a high of 13 degrees Celsius (55 degrees Fahrenheit) here in Sweden next week, it's time to make the home extra cosy. Here are some of the key Autumn trends from this part of the world. Think plenty of texture, warm and inviting hues and wonderfully tactile materials - with a few shapes thrown in! 

1. Earthy tones: think a neutral base with warm brown accents and plenty of texture.

2. Wood: tables, chairs, lamps, bowls, picture frames. mid-to dark wood is exceptionally popular right now and fits beautifully with the earthy tones while adding warmth. 

3. Fluffy rugs with contrast: get toasty with shag-pile rugs on the floors and walls!

4. Triangles: think lamps, vases and chair legs.

5. Arches and soft, round edges: the interior world's gone soft. Update your home with arched shape mirrors and rugs or furniture with rounded edges for a contemporary look. 

What do you think? Will you be adopting any of these trends in your home this Autumn? 

I love the earthy walls (check out my bedroom make-over post to see how to achieve the patina look), arched mirrors and fluffy rugs! Cosiness and natural light in one: just what we need here in Sweden this autumn. 

For more Autumn inspiration check out: 

Here's to cosy times ahead. Unless of course, you're in the Southern hemisphere in which case, welcome to the joys of spring! 

Niki



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My Autumn Bedroom Make-over, Plus 20% off at Bemz!

My Autumn Bedroom Make-over, Plus 20% off at Bemz!


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Hejsan! I'm curious: are you a fan of change? I love change and find that surrounding myself with a new environment always gives me new energy (Per's actually the opposite, which can be, shall we say interesting!). I often make small changes at home, but with Autumn looming (dare I say it!) I felt it was time for something bigger!

As pretty as it was, I've grown tired of the 'blushing peach' wall in the bedroom and felt it was time to change up our bedroom to give it a fresh lease of life. Per and I applied lime paint to the walls a few weeks ago, and I've since been layering the room with new pieces as well as beautiful textiles from Bemz (the Swedish brand makes luxurious designer textile covers, cushions and other accessories for IKEA furniture and I've been a fan ever since my sitting room make-over way back in 2017!). So, what 's changed in the bedroom? Here's the low down: 

Overall look

To me, a bedroom should have a wonderful element of calm. It should be somewhere that's easy to switch off - and also somewhere heavenly to wake up. I consulted with the MSH interior designer Helen - and we decided to go for soothing tones of white and soft beige as well as cosy Autumnal tones of cocoa, acorn and rosemary. So pretty together! 

I've also added a new mirror (we've never had a full body one so maybe I'll no longer look like I've been getting dressed in the dark!), various vases and a reading lamp (all Ferm Living)! 

Let's get started with the bigger pieces: 

Headboard


As you may have noticed, we've never had a headboard before. To be honest, I always thought it was impossible with the window. But I was keen to give it a go as I knew it would make our bed feel so much more sumptuous and 'grown-up'(!) come Autumn! 

This one is the STAVANGER / BORÖY headboard from IKEA which is perfect as it just slots between the bed and the wall leans. I then added a Bemz universal headboard cover which comes in different widths and a choice of 130+ fabrics, and it just slides on over the top of any headboard. How crazy is that? See the end of the post for details on discount and samples.

I chose a new linen fabric which launches this Autumn (more info to follow!),  however, there are a couple of other beautiful white linen fabrics available. 


Side note: the windowsill has always doubled up really nicely as a shelf for books, plants, my Anse vase and morning coffee  - and admittedly a whole host of other things like batteries, receipts etc *rolls eyes!*.  

The bed skirt

Are you a fan of bed skirts? Once considered twee and a little OTT (I am still scarred by some of the floral ones I witnessed in the eighties!), bed skirts have totally come into their own in recent years, have you found the same? 

I love them as they hide a multitude of sins under the bed including unsightly bed bases, storage and that ghostly black gap (hands up anyone who's ever checked under their bed before going to sleep). Plus, they add a wonderful element of calm to the room. 

Bedspread

I love a throw. They make a bed look so much neater when made. This is the Loose Fit, Brera Lino by Designers Guild, Natural which has beautiful seams (if you're thinking of getting this, go big. My bed is 180 cm x 200 cm and I opted for the 240 cm x 240 cm one). 

I love the subtle contrast with the white bed skirt too. What do you reckon? 

Cushions

I'm not sure how these cushions slipped through the net (Per banned me from buying more for the house sometime a go) - but I'm so glad they did! I always think Cushions are a perfect way to add accent colours (this time I went for Autumn vibes in acorn, cocoa and rosemary)- and also to snuggle up against for some cosy bedtime reading. 

I picked out four larger cushions to lean against the headboard (size 60 x 80 cm) and then smaller ones to pile on (50 x 50 cm).  

Armchair

A bedroom wouldn't be complete without a 'chairobe' (your entire wardrobe of clothes waiting on a chair to be put away or worn...!), guilty of this? I am! 

We've had an IKEA Söderhamn armchair in our bedroom for donkeys, and I was keen to cover it in a retro bouclé, tweed or teddy from the new Bemz Tactile Collection. You'll most likely have spotted the trend for textured fabrics over the past 12 months and now we can all update our existing IKEA sofas and armchairs! Liking that a lot! 

And that's it! 

I hope you like our new bedroom as much as Per and I do!

If you've got questions about anything you've seen just give me a shout and I'll be happy to help. I'll likely do a follow-up post highlighting the details soon (just in case you're curious about the vases, lamp, print etc!). 

If you're feeling inspired to update your bedroom in time for the new season - or wanting to refresh an IKEA sofa or armchair, now is the time as Bemz are offering 20% off with the code MSHfall until 15th September, 2021 and they ship almost worldwide. 
I'd advise ordering samples first so that you can test out the colours and fabrics at home (it can be hard to tell online). They send them out really quickly, so you'll still have time to order before the discount expires. 

Right guys, that's it from me. Wishing you all a lovely day! 

I'm tempted to go back to bed now, what do you think? 

Niki

Photography; Niki Brantmark

This post is brought to you in paid collaboration with Bemz and contains affiliate links. However, all words are my own and I only ever work with brands I absolutely love and think you will too (#Ilovemyjob!). Thank you for supporting the businesses that help bring fresh content to your mail box and make My Scandinavian Home possible.


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