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What to do in the garden


As temperatures drop in the second half of March plant with gusto in all areas of the garden as the window of opportunity is quite short. Brussel sprouts and cauliflower are the first to plant in the vegie patch as they take longer to mature, leave it later and the aphids will spoil them in August.

Vegetables including beetroot, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, Chinese spinach, endive, lettuce, leeks, onions, parsnips, silverbeet and strawberries are best planted now for optimum results. Broad beans, celery, French beans, parsley, peas, potatoes, radish, shallots, spring onions, swedes, sweet corn, tomatoes and zucchini can also all be planted now.

Plant new season citrus late March/April, grapes planted now will develop healthy root systems before winter dormancy and passionfruit love it now as the second flush growth period commences.

What for caterpillars and grubs throughout the garden using the safe biological control Bacillus thuringiensis to bring them under control immediately. Spray fortnightly to break the breeding cycle.


Geoff Miers

Alice Springs, NT

Seeds to Sow Now

Seeds to sow now if you live in areas like Geraldton, Warburton, Mt Isa and Longreach or places where there are 39 weeks a year or more with temperatures over 15°C


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Artichoke, basil, beans, beetroot, broccoli, carrot, cauliflower, celtuce, chives, choko, coriander, corn, eggplant, kale, leek, lettuce, mint, onion, peas, radish, spring onion, swede.

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Things to do in September

Prepare your vegetable garden beds

Now that the temperatures are rising, it's time to prepare for your spring vegetable plant out. Weed your bed, dig in a good manure, preferably sheep or well rotted chicken manure, dig in and mulch.

Prepare your watering system

Be prepared before summer starts, to have an easy and reliable watering system in place to look after your crops while you are away. Dripper lines, and water timers are critical to regular watering which ensures even growth and plentiful harvest.

Watch for bugs

It's not just gardeners that look forward to spring, bug are moving about now to feast on tasty new growth and sap. Aphids will begin appearing on soft new growth and are easily combated with a soapy water spray. Snails will make a meal of any newly planted seedlings so set traps for these too. 

Vegie Garden Basics

Learn how to create a vegie garden from scratch with our Horticulutral Advisor Julie Willis.

This article includes: 

- location

- soil

- nutrients

- what to grow

- crop rotation and more. 


Vegetable Growing Tips

Starting a vegetable garden

- Choose an area that gets full sun and is not too far away from your house. The mid-winter dash to the vegie patch will be easier! 

- A good, healthy soil is the foundation to success so focus on improving the soil before you do any plantings. 

- Know what to sow, when to sow and how. Every vegetable seed has its own growing requirements. We offer a beautiful heirloom Seed Sowing Guide here and a 2018 Gardeners Diary with space for seed packets, garden plans and notes here.

How to sow seeds

How to improve your soil

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