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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 March

Plant spring flowering bulbs

Spring flowering bulbs should be planted this month. Prepare the ground to a crumbly texture and plant the bulbs tip up (except for Ranunculus which are planted 'claws' down!) As a rule, bulbs are planted to a depth that is twice their length. Water in well.

Plant garlic bulbs

It's also time to plant garlic bulbs. Split the head of garlic into individual cloves and plant tip up into a well prepared, and well drained, soil. Garlic likes to be planted about 3-5cm deep and 7cm apart. Planting garlic now will allow it to develop root and foliage over the autumn and winter, then nice plump bulbs in late spring/summer.

Tidy up the vegie patch

Remove summer crops that you are no longer harvesting from and rejuvenate the soil with compost and well rotted manure for autumn plantings. Pick up any fruit that has fallen onto the ground under fruit trees to prevent a build up of pests and diseases. 

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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