Subtropical Zone - warm humid summers

What to do in the garden


Enjoy the mild, dry, sunny days in the garden, but keep an eye on soil moisture and maintain a mulch of coffee grounds, compost, or lucerne straw, to retain soil moisture and wick atmospheric water from heavy dews and fogs which are common this time of year. Consider installing an automatic drip irrigation system with a simple battery powered timer, so you can relax and go away knowing your plants’ water needs are being met. Winter may be dry, but our springs are usually dryer!

Invest in an asparagus patch. After harvesting sweet crunchy spears directly from the garden you’ll find it hard to eat shop-bought spears again. ‘Mary Washington’ is a trusted performer in the subtropics and generally provides harvests within 2 years of planting. Now’s the time to sow seed, plant tubestock plants and plant or divide crowns. Asparagus benefits from being pruned to the ground this month, as crowns don’t naturally die back as they do in cooler climates.

Don’t be fooled by the calendar. This is our last month of ‘winter‘; as from August temperatures will start to climb and head for the thirties. Make the most of July to grow cool climate vegetables. Focus on Mediterranean and tropical vegetables for August sowing.

Arno King, 

Brisbane, QLD

Seeds to Sow Now

Seeds to sow now if you live in areas like Byron BayBrisbane and Rockhampton, or places where there are 42-46 weeks a year or more with temperatures over 15°C and high summer rainfall.


Sow now:  Asparagus, beetroot, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, coriander, cucumber, endive, fennel, kailaan (Chinese broccoli), kale, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, mizuna, mustard greens, onion (‘Gladallan’), pak choy, parsley, pea (snow pea, sugar pea), radish, silverbeet, spinach, swede, tatsoi, tomato (Russian/European, cherry and currant), turnip, Warrigal greens (New Zealand spinach), wombok (Chinese cabbage)..

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Also plant: 

Burdock, chicory (raddichio), choy sum, collards, mibuna and purslane.

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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 vegie garden soil

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