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What to do in the garden


With the ongoing rainy weather, the focus is on minimising fungal disease outbreaks. Plant vegetables at adequate spacings so as to allow adequate ventilation between crops as they mature. Keep up regular applications of fertiliser to ensure plants are healthy and less inclined to pest and disease issues and that your produce is juicy, sweet and succulent.

As the rainy weather starts to ease, you can consider sowing a few more Asian and European leafy vegetables.

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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

Basil, capsicum, chilli, choko, coriander, corn, eggplant, okra.

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Also plant: amaranth/Chinese spinach, basella (Malabar spinach),  capsicum/chili, chicory/radicchio, collards, choy sum, cucumber, daikon, edamame, endive, Ethiopian/African cabbage, green beans, jicama (yam bean), kale, kailan (Hong Kong broccoli), kohl rabi, lablab bean (poor man’s bean), lagos spinach, leek, lettuce (Asian and looseleaf European), lima bean, luffa, mustard greens, NZ spinach/Warrigal greens, pak choy/bok choy, perilla, pigeon pea, pumpkin, purslane, radish, rosella, silverbeet, tatsoi, tomato, (cherry, currant, Scorpio, Thai egg, Tommy toe), zucchini.

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Things to do in March

Plant spring flowering bulbs

Spring flowering bulbs should be planted this month. Prepare the ground to a crumbly texture and plant the bulbs tip up (except for Ranunculus which are planted 'claws' down!) As a rule, bulbs are planted to a depth that is twice their length. Water in well.

Plant garlic bulbs

It's also time to plant garlic bulbs. Split the head of garlic into individual cloves and plant tip up into a well prepared, and well drained, soil. Garlic likes to be planted about 3-5cm deep and 7cm apart. Planting garlic now will allow it to develop root and foliage over the autumn and winter, then nice plump bulbs in late spring/summer.

Tidy up the vegie patch

Remove summer crops that you are no longer harvesting from and rejuvenate the soil with compost and well rotted manure for autumn plantings. Pick up any fruit that has fallen onto the ground under fruit trees to prevent a build up of pests and diseases. 

Vegie Garden Basics

Learn how to create a vegie garden from scratch with our Horticulutral Advisor Julie Willis.

This article includes: 

- location

- soil

- nutrients

- what to grow

- crop rotation and more. 


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 plant Tomato Seedlings

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