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Localised planting calendar for vegetables, herbs, grains, Australian native food crops and green manures for all climate conditions in Australia, New Zealand, UK and the USA. Capacity to customise for micro-climates.
Localised planting calendar for fruit trees and their cultivars for all climate conditions in Australia.
Planetary indications in planting calendar down to the day, using biodynamic calendar and moon planting
Detailed plant information - 150 vegetables, herbs, grains and green manures.
Detailed information - 60 fruit trees and over 800 cultivars for all climates in Australia. Direct links to cultivar breeders
Detailed growing information on 80 Australian native food crops for all climates in Australia.
Easy to use searches on our plant database for answers to your organic gardening questions.
Gardener subscribers kit including Peter Kearney Home Food Gardening Guide, tools to monitor your food garden activity for advanced as well as beginner gardeners and how to get the most from our site.
Regular instructional articles and movies on a diverse range of organic and biodynamic gardening topics from Peter Kearney.
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Localised planting calendar


Our online planting calendar provides the most accurate and integrated planting calendar you will find anywhere in the world for vegetables, herbs, grains, green manure crops, Australian native food crops and fruit trees. It is very easy to use and does not generalise locations into zones, as most planting calendars do. We allow you to create a localised temperature profile for your garden by:

    • Orienting your location, using easy drop down search selections, to the nearest weather station in our temperature database, which has actual monthly temperatures and frost days from weather bureau's in every state, town and city of Australia, New Zealand, USA and limited stations for the UK.
    • Enabling you to easily customise your garden climate profile for micro-climates and extreme's of heat or cold, for example, if you have a cold frame, your growing season can be easily extended in your garden climate profile.
    • Giving you access to current climate information so you can take advantage of climate change in your garden, rather being challenged by it. This is compared to working with climate zones of other planting calendars which are based on lengthy historical information which is becoming inaccurate due to climate change and is often too broad, allowing no localisation.
For vegetables, herbs, grains and green manures, the calendar logic incorporates the temperature profile of plants, their growing period from when you search and your garden bed temperature profile. The Calendar allows you to search by day in a month or by month to find "Ideal" or "OK" days to work with plants drawn from our plant database of over 130 of the most common food plants. You will also be warned of record high and low temperatures during a plant growing period.
For fruit trees, we provide the only localised, interactive fruit tree cultivar selection tool on the web. This uses climate information of the fruit trees and compares these to the chill profile of gardeners based on their fruit tree climate profile. For gardeners in tropical zones, with no chilling issues, only fruit tree cultivars suitable for tropical planting are revealed.
For Australian native food crops, the climatic zone of the crop has been used to determine a growing temperature range and this is incorporated into the plant data on the web site. When a subscriber clicks "Go", this data is automatically matched to the subscribers mean temperature range from their weather station. The search will reveal Ideal and OK crops to plant. This is Australia's only climate sensitive native food crops search online.
The results of the planting calendar are an easy and objective method of establishing planting and harvesting times for vegetables, grains, green-manure crops, Australian native food crops, herbs and fruit trees relative to your climate. By planting at the correct time you eliminate one of the major factors in lack of success for backyard gardening. You will also save time and money by focusing your attention on plants that are right to grow in your climate and time of year.
The Cityfood growers web site has a planting guide second to none and is useful to ensure you are right on with your planting and preparation. Anthony Foo, Brisbane, Australia

Planetary indications

The planets have long been recognised as having a considerable impact on the success of food gardening. Common organic gardening practice recognises planting in accordance with the 4 phases of the moon and this is embodied into our Moon calendar search.

Our Localised planting calendar also includes the impacts of other planets in our solar system and the twelve constellations. This data is drawn from the Astro Calendar and is based on over 60 years of research in Biodynamics. In practical terms, the Astro calendar groups days of the month into plant categories: root, leaf, flower/seed and fruit. When you do a Localised planting calendar search, these categories are incorporated into the search result. So you don't have to understand the complexities of using the planets, but simply follow the calendar for optimum both planetary conditions for planting and harvest.

Thus, your calendar search is based on an accurate climate profile, plant information and optimum planetary indications, all integrated into the one search result.

Detailed plant information - Vegetables, herbs, grains and green manure crops

Our plant database for 150 of the most commonly grown vegetables, herbs, grains and green manure crops for home food gardeners, incorporates the following attributes which are easily searched and comparable at the click of a mouse, so you can choose the right combination of plants to suit your garden, your skills levels and time commitment:

Plant name, plant grouping, plant family, seed varieties, annual or perennial, planting method, container growing, heat tolerant, frost tolerant, ph level range, soil fertility level, row width, space between plants, ease of growing, yield for space, ideal planting temperature range, ideal growing temperature range, growing period, plant description, plant image, plant companions good and bad, plant rotation considerations, all common diseases for the plant with symptoms and organic control methods, all common pests for the plant with symptoms and organic control methods, beneficial flowers for the plant with the impact.

A list of the vegetables, herbs, grains and green manure crops currently in our plant database can be viewed here. Our list is regularly updated for new plants.

The information on the growing requirements of specific crops is excellent as is the non-chemical pest control advice. Mary Trigger, Australia

Our plant data on vegetables, herbs, grains and green manure crops is gathered from a wide range of quality sources, such as government agricultural bodies, organic gardening web sites, organic seed sellers, a large range of organic gardening books and magazines. Our plant database has new plants being added regularly to continuously build greater depth of content.

Detailed plant information - Fruit trees

Our fruit tree database has over 90 of the most commonly grown fruit trees with 800 cultivars of those fruit trees for Australia, USA and New Zealand. We regularly add new fruit trees and their cultivars and, over time, aim to have the largest detailed and easily searchable database of fruit trees on the web. You can easily find a fruit tree that suits your climate, your growing spaces and connect directly with fruit tree breeders.

The following fruit tree cultivar and crop attributes are easily searched and comparable at the click of a mouse, so you can choose the right combination of fruit trees for your garden:

Cultivar attributes: Cultivar name, Fruit tree crop name, Fruit tree group name, Link to fruit tree crop page, Dwarf variety, Heritage variety, Cultivar description, Cultivar chill unit profile, Cultivar climate zones, Cross pollination, Cropping information - early-mid or late, supplier list by country and cultivar image.

Fruit tree crop attributes: Crop name, Crop family, Cultivar names with links to all crop cultivars, detailed crop description, cultivation instructions, propagation methods, pruning instructions, all common diseases for the crop with symptoms and organic control methods, all common pests for the crop with symptoms and organic control methods.

Member tips: interactive section for each crop where members can add their localised comments or questions per crop. These are all searchable on a per crop basis and in a single location so you can easily keep track of all new posts.

Our plant data on fruit trees and their cultivars is gathered from a range of quality sources, such as government agricultural bodies, fruit tree breeders, a large range of fruit growing books and magazines.

An exceptional organic gardening web site and a great idea. Its very easy to navigate and looks superb. Jackie French, Award winning Australian gardening author.

Australian native food crops

Our Australian native food crops data provides the web's first easily searchable database of over 80 Australian native food crops with a climate and location sensitive planting calendar. Extensive growing information is provided on each crop, searchable at the click of mouse and automatically related to your climate profile in the web site and includes:

Searches: (1) By crop type: tree, bush, climber, ground cover and tuber, (2) Crop group: leafg, root. flower or fruit/seed, and (3) What is eaten: Fruit, Leaf, Tuber, Nut, Nectar, Sap, Stem and Branches

Crop data: Crop name and botannical name, description, size, climate zone/s and growing temperature range, sun profile, soil profile, ideal habitat, frost tolerance, moisture profile, how to grow, what is eaten, how food is prepared and crop photographs.

The data has been accumulated from a range of sources in book, web and from experts in the growing of Australian bush foods. on the web. Over time, native food crops will also be included from other countries where we have their climate data stored in the site.

Easy to use searches

Our web site provides gardeners with fast access to structured content on over 300 food plants. You can get answers in seconds to your organic gardening questions instead of spending hours researching books and other web sites. Some of the most used search tools on our site are:

Planting and harvest recommendations - by day, by month or by plant for vegetables, herbs and grains.
Planting recommendations - for fruit trees displaying all cultivars suitable for your climate including chilling requirements.
Companion planting - giving you a list of all plants to use as companions, plants to avoid and rotation considerations.
Pest search - gives you a list of common pests, what they do to your plants and organic controls.
Disease search - gives you a list of diseases, symptoms and natural controls.
Green manure search - suitable for your climate to add soil fertility.
Water usage - search vegetables, herbs and grains by high, low or medium water usage.
Flower search - search for beneficial flowers to use with your food plants.
Ease of growing - search vegetables, herbs and grains as easy, medium and difficult to grow.
Yield per space- search vegetables, herbs and grains as high, medium and low yield per space.
Container growing- search vegetables, herbs and grains for container growing suitability.
Frost tolerance - search vegetables, herbs and grains for frost tolerance and fruit tree clendar search includes chill requirements where frost is prevalent.
Heritage cultivars - for fruit trees.
Dwarf cultivars - for fruit trees in small spaces.
Fruit trees by family - for example all citrus.
Plant search- plant page with photograph, description, varieties/cultivars and all other plant content. This data is currently provided on 200 plants with more to come in later releases.

Although there is much great content on the internet and in books on food plants, the beauty of our web site content is how it is put together, all inter-linking. This saves you lots of time and greatly increases information relevancy. The content has been gained from a multitude of sources and is regularly updated for new plants identified and additional knowledge gained, sometimes from site subscribers.

Start- up Kit

The kit includes Peter Kearney's Home Food Gardening Guide with everything you need to know from first planning and planting your food garden to harvesting the rewards, with the benefits of over four decades of Cityfood Growers founder Peter Kearney's own home food gardening experience, drawing on the best learning from organic, Permaculture and biodynamic approaches.

This kit also includes tools for the beginner as well as more advanced gardener to track and learn from your garden activities. In addition, a guide is provided on how to make the most of the site content and searches.

Instructional articles and movies

Regular instructional articles and movies from Peter Kearney, founder of Cityfood Growers on organic and biodynamic gardening practices. Organic Gardener subscribers are notified of new articles via the subscriber email newsletter.


Think of the Forum as having a chat with the gardener over the back fence and sharing on what works, but now your back fence has no boundary. Connect with food gardeners from around the world, doing the same thing as you.


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