Tropical Zone - hot humid summers

What to do in the garden


It’s a wonderful time of year to work in the vegetable garden, with such a range of vegetables to grow while the weather is drier. With a slowdown in growth rates, the more leisurely pace allows you to enjoy spending long pleasant days in the garden, and catch up on tasks that may have fallen behind. Pay particular attention to weeds, because if you can avoid them reseeding, you can gradually eliminate them from the garden and have more time for productive work.

Prepare new beds for the year, incorporating composted organic matter and an organic fertiliser incorporating ground rock minerals and humates into the soil to stimulate biological activity and open up the once sodden soil than was compacted by heavy summer rains.

Check the soil pH by taking a sample to your local garden centre or buy your own test kit. If it’s below 6.5, incorporate garden lime to sweeten the soil, applying a handful per square metre.

There are a lot less insects about, but it pays to do a scout about in the garden early each morning and catch torpid grasshoppers. Severe insect damage can often be a sign of soil mineral depletion from the heavy summer rains. Improving soil will help to stimulate strong growth and more resistant plants.

Continue to sow seeds and transplant seedlings into prepared beds. While it's a great time to sow seeds of lots of the familiar favourites, it's also a chance to include some of the traditional northern European (cool climate) fare too.

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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(Chinese spinach), asparagus, basella (Malabar spinach), basil, beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, celery, celtuce, chilli, chives, choko, coriander, corn, cucumber, dill, edamame, eggplant, kailaan (Hong Kong broccoli), kale,  kohl rabi, leek, lettuce, Lima bean, luffa, mint, mustard greens, NZ spinach (Warrigal greens), okra, onion, pak choy, parsley, perilla, pumpkin, radish, rockmelon, rosella, sage, silver beet, spring onion, squash, swede, tatsoi, tomato, turnip, watermelon, zucchini. 

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Also plant: chicory (raddichio), collards, choy sum, daikon (mooli), endive, Ethiopian/African cabbage, jicama (yam bean), lablab bean (poor man’s bean), Lagos spinach, pigeon pea, 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 soil naturally

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