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Subtropical Zone - warm humid summers

What to do in the garden

September

Plants will be growing quickly with the warming weather, so keep on top of watering and feeding and rig up some shade cloth for some of the more tender vegetables such as lettuce. Beware of having a false sense of security from light showers, it can evaporate before it moistens the soil. 

The ‘wet’ is yet to arrive, so there is still time to plant a few plants that will crop before the rains come, including corn and cucurbits. Keep beds mulched and remove weeds before they have a chance to seed. Nut grass and sedges indicate the soil is acid and lacking in calcium so dig in garden lime between crops or dust soil around crops lightly. This will also help to reduce pests.

Working in the early mornings or late afternoons is going to be the most productive, and ensure you have a hat, sunscreen and long-sleeved shirt.

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.

FOR A FULL LIST OF SEEDS TO SOW NOW IN THE SUB-TROPICAL ZONE CLICK HERE

Sow now:  

Basil, beans, choko, coriander, corn, cucumber, kailaan, mustard greens, okra, parsley, roquette, rosella.

If you would like to add this seasons seeds to your shopping cart automatically, CLICK HERE

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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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