Gardening is a fulfilling and rewarding experience, but achieving success in growing plants from seeds requires careful planning and timing. One aspect of this process is selecting the correct seed planting chart. By considering observations, climate analogues, and understanding different climate zones, you can optimise your planting schedule and increase the chances of an abundant garden through the exploration of a couple of critical factors that will provide practical guidance to help you find the right seed-planting charts for your gardening endeavours.


Determining your climate zone based on observation can be done by considering various factors such as temperature, precipitation, vegetation, and seasonal patterns. This gives us a good idea of your localised climate zone. Here are some steps to help you determine your climate zone based on observation:

  1. Temperature: Observe the temperatures throughout the year. Note the broad range of temperatures during different seasons. Determine whether your climate is warm, hot, mild, or cold.
  2. Precipitation: Observe the amount and distribution of rainfall throughout the year. Determine whether your climate is wet, dry or experiences distinct rainy and dry seasons.
  3. Vegetation: Look at the types of plants and trees that thrive in your area. Different climate zones have distinct vegetation types. For example, tropical climates often have lush rainforests, while desert climates have desert plants.
  4. Seasonal patterns: Note any distinct seasonal changes in your area. Observe whether you have four seasons or something completely different throughout the year.
  5. Climate classification systems: Once you have gathered the above observations, you can compare them to established climate classification systems such as the Köppen climate classification. These systems categorise climates based on temperature and precipitation patterns.
  6. Climate zone determination: You can determine the general climate zone that best matches your location based on your observations and comparisons with established climate classification systems. Climate zones include Tropical, Subtropical, Mediterranean, Temperate, Arid, etc.

Climate Analogues:

A climate analogue is an area that has similar climate characteristics to your location. You can gain insights into suitable seed planting charts for your region by finding climate analogues. Here’s how you can do it:

a) Identify Analogous Regions: Research and identify regions with similar climate conditions to yours. Factors to consider include latitude, elevation, proximity to water bodies, and prevailing weather patterns.

b) Study Local Planting Practices: Explore the gardening practices of regions that are analogous to yours. Consider the crops they grow, planting dates, and other relevant information. This can serve as a valuable reference for your own seed-planting chart.

c) Connect with Local Gardeners: Reach out to experienced gardeners in analogous regions through online forums or local gardening communities. Seek their advice on seed planting schedules and learn from their experiences.


Understanding Different Climate Zones:
Understanding the climate zones specific to your area can greatly assist in determining appropriate seed planting charts. Here are the primary climate zones and their characteristics:

a) Tropical: Characterised by high temperatures and abundant rainfall, tropical climates support a wide range of plant species. Planting schedules may revolve around wet and dry seasons rather than traditional spring and fall seasons.
-At and close to the equator with Temps above 18 C

b)Subtropical: climate refers to regions with warm to hot summers, mild winters, and high humidity. Characterised by abundant rainfall, these areas often experience occasional tropical storms and have diverse vegetation, including lush forests and subtropical crops.
-Extends away from the equator with the temps never below 0 C

c) Temperate: Moderate temperatures and distinct seasons define temperate climates. Most seed planting charts align with the traditional spring, summer, and fall seasons, with frost and freeze dates as key reference points.
-With temps below 0 C in winter and above 10 C in summer

d) Mediterranean climates typically have mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. Seed planting charts in these regions often revolve around maximising plant growth during the cool, damp season.

e) Arid/Desert: Arid climates are characterised by extremely low precipitation and high temperatures. Seed planting in desert regions requires careful consideration of water availability and selecting drought-tolerant plant varieties.
Arid: 5ocm or less rain a year
Desert: 25cm or less rain a year

There is no one size fits all chart for any area or region. There can however be commonalities that cross the different zones, and we have worked hard to find those for our region (South Qld/Northern NSW) and you can freely download it below


Finding the right seed planting charts requires a combination of observation, climate analogues, and understanding different climate zones. You can optimise your planting schedule by keeping a keen eye on local growing conditions, exploring gardening practices in analogous regions, and grasping the unique aspects of your climate zone. Remember to adapt the seed planting chart to your specific gardening goals and adjust based on the individual needs of the crops you wish to grow.