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Winter and spring flowering annuals thrive when planted now as will most winter vegetables but it’s now too late for cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.

Don’t forget your perennial food plants including artichokes, rhubarb and asparagus, remembering these crops require extensive soil treatment to meet their needs.

Add marigolds, calendulas and nasturtiums for colour in the vegie patch to aid in deterring some pests. Plant colourful violas and pansies for colour in the garden and your food. 

It’s a great time to plant citrus with new seasons trees in stock. They will settle quickly before winter arrives. Now is also a great time to introduce new native plant species into your garden, they love this time of the year.

Watch for aphids - they thrive when temperatures change. Scatter egg shells in the cabbage patch to deter cabbage butterfly or employ the biological bacterial spray Dipel - it's safe for everything except grubs and caterpillars.

Once deciduous fruit trees defoliate a clean-up spray with a fungicide is beneficial now, and later at bud swell time.

As evaporation rates drop, scale down your watering regimes, manage clover as it emerges and prune Chinese Mulberries as they defoliate. General pruning should be left to dead-heading roses and removing dead wood from citrus and native plant species. Winter pruning of deciduous fruit trees, roses and grape vines should be left until mid-June to mid-July.


Geoff Miers

Alice Springs, NT

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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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Asparagus, artichoke, basil, beans, broad beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, celtuce, chervil, chilli, chives, choko, coriander, corn, dill, kale, leek, lettuce, mint, onion, parsley, parsnip, peas, potato, radish, sage, silver beet, spinach, spring onion, swede, thyme, tomato, turnip, watermelon. 

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Things to do in November

Feed your plants

The garden will be full of spring colour now and summer perennials will be preparing to flower soon. To get the best display for months on end, feed your plants regularly with a good quality compost or organic fertiliser. 

Apply mulch to garden beds

With summer just around the corner, now is the time to mulch garden beds to conserve soil moisture over the drier months to come. A layer of about 8-10cm is generally ideal for most beds. 

Keep an eye out for bugs

Pests love to feed on the lush spring growth so at this time of year be ready to act. Aphids are attracted to new growth and can spread diseases from one plant to another. Threat them with a chilli and garlic remedy, soapy water or a leave them to the Lady Bugs!

Things to do in December

Tidy up berry canes

Cane fruits need to be well managed. If not, they will make an unruly mess in the garden and the fruit will be harder to pick. They will be growing rapidly now, so weave or tie wayward canes back into their trellis system

Protect young fruit

Fruits like nectarines, almonds, peaches and cherries will be forming now. Netting trees now will save fruits from birds, who have a knack of feeding on fruit crops before we do!

Look after your pot plants

The sun is beginning to have more of a kick to it now and plants growing in containers can be more susceptible to heat damage than those in the ground. Move any plants that dislike full sun into a semi shaded position to keep them going over summer.

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 grow garlic

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