Spring: November In The Garden – Chasing Crusoe.

Spring – November

North Island New Zealand

Temperate With Frosts

The last month of Spring already! By now the soils are warming and the sun is most definitely shining. Lots of windy days and still a few cool nights to be wary of with new seedlings.

To plant this month…

Basil, beans, beetroot, capsicum, carrots, chilies, citrus trees (grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, tangelo), corinader, corn, kumara, lettuce, parsley, potatoes, radishes, silverbeet, spinach…

My top 5 in the garden for September are…


November is a great time to plant some basil in the garden. It thrives in a nice warm sunny position with healthy free draining soil. Basil doesn’t like wet feet.

If you’re short on space, it could easily be grown in a pot or container.

It’s a great companion plant for tomatoes, as each crop will taste even more delicious grown with each other’s company.

There are a few different types of basil, so check out your regular garden centre. We have traditional green basil planted and I can’t wait to make pesto!


November is a perfect time to plant corn now that the soil is heating up. Corn is best direct sowed from seed, although I started mine off and then transplanted and so far, so good.

Corn thrives in a sunny sheltered spot, so that they don’t get knocked about by the wind as they grow in height. They are heavy feeders and thrive in lots of rich composted soil.

We’re excited to be trying not only traditional corn this year, but also some ornamental ‘Corn Glass Gem’ by Kings Seeds. It grows rainbow coloured kernels, all unique, that I hope to make homegrown popcorn with.



The beauty of radishes, aside from their great taste, is how quickly they are to grow! In 30 days or just over, they are ready from seed to plate.

Radishes love a sunny, warm spot in healthy free draining soil and are best grown directly from seed.

We are onto our second lot and are enjoying ‘Radish Halloween Mix’ by Kings Seeds, which are mildly spiced and brightly coloured.

November is a perfect time to plant radishes so have a look at your local garden centre go-to at their variety of seeds available.

4)Rainbow Chard (Silverbeet).

I’m never without silverbeet in the garden. It’s chopped and used in so many different dishes. I also add it to juices. And my Mum makes the best old-school creamed silverbeet!

Rainbow chard is such a fun variety and November is still a good time for planting some, in a sunny spot. If you’re short on space, it would also work well in a pot or container (with holes drilled in the bottom).

The outer leaves can be picked off as needed and 1 plant will supply continuously for quite a while.

Tomatoes! Need I say more! I have been waiting (im)patiently(!) to grow tomatoes and the time is finally here.

Tomatoes love sun, warmth and healthy free draining soil. They also love regular feeds of worm tea, seaweed fertiliser, specialised tomato food – ask for advice at your local garden centre – to maximise their performance.

We’re growing 11 different varieties this year and I’m excited to see how they go. I would love to be able to freeze enough that we didn’t need to purchase tinned tomatoes to cook with and enough to make enough tomato sauce until next season…so hoping for a great season.

Hope your gardening is going well this Spring. As always, would love to hear from you.


One thought on “Spring: November In The Garden – Chasing Crusoe.

  1. You just reminded me to plant some more basil. Here in Australia I am dreading the onslaught of summer, the heat will wipe out a lot of my garden and we are on water restrictions so I am being very careful about what we plant.
    New Zealand looks so attractive, wish we could just migrate.
    Happy gardening!

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