In what is commonly thought of the lesser of the two growing seasons, we can still become overwhelmed by the number of planting choices available. That's because in our mild climate with its mild winters, the cool season presents an abundance of opportunities.
Varieties that typically fall into the spring planting calendar in the northern hemisphere, such as peas, broccoli and broad beans, are kind enough to grace our patch now. The skill is in deciding what plant will present the most value and is most likely to succeed. If the cool season is typical of one thing (other than choices), it is pests that seem to revel in the abundance of opportunities themselves.
So we present you our top 5 autumn varieties. We've selected them based on a few things, such as yield value, ease to grow and resistance to disease. But we've also thrown in our own personal 'je nais se quoi', which is that thing we can't describe, something so intangible, but a reason nonetheless why we want to grow it. We also include the best methods for getting them set and exempt from the pests that tend to wreak havoc.