Tropical Zone - hot humid summers

What to do in the garden


July is a great month to make the most of the cooler, dryer month and plant, sow and harvest many European vegetables. With warmer weather on its way, plant some beds with faster maturing vegetables such as dwarf green beans, endive, kale, dwarf lettuce, pak choy, radish, salad rocket, tatsoi and wild rocket so these beds can be cleared by mid August, making way for warm season crops.

Start to plan what vegetables to sow over the warmer months and order seeds. Climbing vegetables are some of the most productive and trouble-free warm season crops. Many of these plants are productive for nine or more months and require sturdy structures. Design and construct pergolas, arches, A-frames, trellis and teepees during the dryer weather. Climbing vegetables include beans (snake, winged, lablab and sword), cucurbits (bitter melon, bottle gourd, choko, cucumber, luffa, Mexican sweet gherkin, squashes and zucchini), greens and root crops (Malabar spinach and Jicama) and of course tomatoes.

When given the option, choose climbing over bush varieties. These are more productive for the area provided; produce over a longer season; are less susceptible to predation; and with increased air movement, are less susceptible to disease.

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Seeds to Sow Now

Seeds to sow now if you live in areas like BroomeDarwin and Townsville, or places where there are 47+ weeks a year or more with temperatures over 15°C and high summer rainfall.


Sow now:  Amaranth, basella (Malabar spinach), beetroot, bok choy, broccoli, beans, cabbage, carrot, capsicum, chilli, corn, coriander, cucumber, endive, eggplant, kailaan (Chinese broccoli), kale, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, luffa (Loofah), melon, Mexican sweet gherkin, mizuna, mustard greens, okra, pak choy, parsley, pea (snow pea, sugar pea), pumpkin, rosella, radish, silverbeet, snake bean, squash, sweet corn, tatsoi, tomatillo, tomato, (including cherry and currant), Warrigal greens (New Zealand spinach), watermelon, zucchini.

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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 soil naturally

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