Welcome to The Food Cruncher's Gardening Page

Learn how to grow your own food with our simple guide below.

We have put together a basic guide for when to plant your fruit and vegetables.

Please note that we are not gardeners! This can be a starting point if you are thinking about improving your diet by growing and eating more whole-foods that are plant-based (which we encourage). This planting guide is based on New Zealand seasons.

Let’s get started!

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Step One

Try and use the best soil you possibly can. The better the soil, the better the plants.

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Step Two

Use a planting mix for the type of fruit or vegetable you are growing. Check the seed packets or labels for instructions. The best times to plant are early morning or later in the evening, away from the heat of the sun when planting.

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Step Three

Feed your plants – they are going to feed you! Replace the nutrients in your soil as your plants grow. Choose a fertiliser specifically for the plant you are growing.

Vegetable / Fruit December January February Time to Harvest
Asparagus
2 years
Basil
40–60 days
Beetroot
90–120 days
Blueberry
60-90 days from flower
Broad Bean
85–110 days
Broccoli
60–120 days
Capsicum
80–100 days
Carrot
50–65 days
Cauliflower
90–120 days
Celery
80–85 days
Coriander
30–45 days
Courgette
60–85 days
Cucumber
60–80 days
Eggplant
85–110 days
Kale
60–70 days
Lettuce
40–70 days
Mesclun
40–60 days
Onion
70–180 days
Parsley
45–85 days
Passionfruit
12–18 months
Potato
90–160 days
Pumpkin & Squash
110–170 days
Radish
30–40 days
Rocket
30–40 days
Silverbeet
40–60 days
Spinach
30–40 days
Spring onion
60–70 days
Strawberry
140–160 days
Sweetcorn
98–112 days
Tomato
60–85 days
Vegetable /
Fruit
Dec Jan Feb Time to
Harvest
Asparagus
2 years
Basil
40–60 days
Beetroot
90–120 days
Blueberry
60-90 days from flower
Broad Bean
85–110 days
Broccoli
60–120 days
Capsicum
80–100 days
Carrot
50–65 days
Cauliflower
90–120 days
Celery
80–85 days
Coriander
30–45 days
Courgette
60–85 days
Cucumber
60–80 days
Eggplant
85–110 days
Kale
60–70 days
Lettuce
40–70 days
Mesclun
40–60 days
Onion
70–180 days
Parsley
45–85 days
Passionfruit
12–18 months
Potato
90–160 days
Pumpkin & Squash
110–170 days
Radish
30–40 days
Rocket
30–40 days
Silverbeet
40–60 days
Spinach
30–40 days
Spring onion
60–70 days
Strawberry
140–160 days
Sweetcorn
98–112 days
Tomato
60–85 days