‘Hi I have just found your site – looks good – what difference does it make for planting in Invercargill?’

Our response:

Yes, there are a few differences:

– in summer, you’ll only get one crop of zucchini, cucumber and beans in – in the north of the North Island, we can get two
– as the hot part of your summer will no doubt be shorter than in the North, we would recommend buying well-established plants of fruiting vegetables like tomatoes, eggplants, capsicums and chillis to start with. The other alternative is to grow them in a greenhouse.
– subtropical fruiting trees eg citrus, tamarillo, passionfruit won’t thrive

What you will grow better than food gardeners in the North are:

– the brassica family – kales, cabbages, caulis. Remember these are winter crops though, BUT we would recommend getting them in in February – 1-2 months earlier than in the North.
– try kalettes, the cross between kale and brussels sprouts, a new vegetable that definitely can’t be grown in the North. And of course brussels sprouts only do well in cold.
– peas can be grown in summer because it’s cooler – in the North we can only grow them in spring and autumn
– fruit trees/bushes like blackcurrants and apricots grow best in cooler climates
– carrots and parsnips taste better due to the winter chill
– any pests and diseases are killed off in the cool

All the best 🙂

4 Responses

  1. Kia ora. Do you have further suggestions for growing vege’s in Central Otago weather conditions. Here in Middlemarch we are getting extreme tempretures, hot norwester etc, plants are stressed & garden beds drying out. Cheers Jo.

    1. Hi Jo
      Mulching in both summer and winter is your best solution to deal with extremes of temperature. In summer it’ll help retain moisture; in winter it’ll help retain warmth. Choose from oat or barley straw, lucerne chaff, coconut fibre, cardboard, coffee sacks and so on.
      In winter the best thing to do is make some hoops and cover them with Mikroclima. That raises the temperature some 3-4 per cent.
      Hope that helps 🙂

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