What to plant? (Oct - Dec)

Vegetables are listed in order of increasing demand expectation for the period of October - December 2018.

Baby Vegetables:

  1. Baby Gem
  2. Baby Marrow
  3. Green Bean
  4. Patty Pan
  5. Baby Brinjal

Conventional Vegetables:

  1. Brinjal
  2. Butternut
  3. Tomato
  4. Green, Red & Yellow Pepper
  5. Lettuce
  6. Cabbage
  7. Chilli
  8. Beetroot
  9. Broccoli & Cauliflower
  10. Carrot

Dislamer: This blog is intended for general information only and is not legal advice or other professional advice. Please consult your local extension officer for crops that will be suitable for your location.


The christmas hype and demand on vegetable consumption in eSwatini cannot be underscored. By this period we see increased demand on your beetroot, butternut, tomato,green pepper, cabbage and beans. It is every retailer's dream to stay fully stocked with a fresh range of these commodities. As the saying goes, 'the early bird catches the fattest worm', this implies that by now, as I write, farmers should be having these crops at least a month into the soil.

It is never too late to try though, thus we must be wary of the risks thus from now here is a guide on plantings for this precious range

beetroot- fair in the middleveld and highveld

tomato- all regions, but be wary of hailstorm and too much rain, if your area is too wet then wilting will be your worst enemy

butternut- highveld

green pepper- middleveld and highveld( november and december)

cabbage- middleveld and highveld and then stick to highveld for december. other regions may be too hot

beans- highveld and middleveld will give a fair performance

* Baby vegetables are also a winner but extreme temperatures are a no-no. We'll talk about that in a week's time. For now let's think about the seven colours for our xmas relishes. 



I have about 2000 cabbages ready for the market. Can you source a market for me.