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Written by Myriam Pitre

The days are getting shorter, and the air has a chill in it. But let’s be honest, Sydney is still beautiful in the wintertime. Green thumbs can still be busy-bees in the Sydney winter – we don’t have any frost or snow to contend with.

Winter is the time to catch-up on general garden maintenance. Feed your soil with compost, renew your layer of mulch and remove summer plants that have reached the end of their harvest season.

If you want to give your existing plants new friends, and want something else to harvest in spring, look for plants with large dark leaves, like the ones below.

If you have a balcony garden:

  • lettuce
  • peas
  • strawberries
  • beetroot
  • chicory


If you have a patch of soil:

  • cabbage
  • mustard greens
  • parsnip
  • broad beans
  • Jerusalem artichokes.

About Myriam Pitre

Having grown up in a self-sufficient and sustainable household surrounded by organic gardens, Myriam has always loved healthy, home-grown food. Despite living in a unit in an urban environment, she eats from her garden daily. Myriam runs our Green Villages natural pest management, seed to plate and worm farming and composting workshops.

Need help from a ‘green thumb’?

“Ask a green thumb’”is a new column for Green Villages. Our resident ‘green thumb’ will be answering a reader query each month. If you have question, email us at greenvillages@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au and we’ll find the best answer from our network of professional horticulturalists, permaculturalists and foodies.

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