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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 December

Tidy up berry canes

Cane fruits need to be well managed. If not, they will make an unruly mess in the garden and the fruit will be harder to pick. They will be growing rapidly now, so weave or tie wayward canes back into their trellis system

Protect young fruit

Fruits like nectarines, almonds, peaches and cherries will be forming now. Netting trees now will save fruits from birds, who have a knack of feeding on fruit crops before we do!

Look after your pot plants

The sun is beginning to have more of a kick to it now and plants growing in containers can be more susceptible to heat damage than those in the ground. Move any plants that dislike full sun into a semi shaded position to keep them going over summer.

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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