Tropical Zone - hot humid summers

What to do in the garden

May

The heavy rains of summer seem to have subsided so at last you can get stuck into the vegie garden in earnest. Start by progressively clearing your garden beds of summer crops; dusting beds with garden lime (or gypsum if your soil is alkaline); incorporating composted organic material and manures; and applying a balanced organic or biological fertiliser containing ground rock minerals (rock dusts).

Then it’s time to start sowing seed. Take time to plan which vegetables you wish to grow over the next 4 months. The priority will be on the slower or larger growing vegetables. These include: drumhead cabbage, climbing green beans, peas (sugarsnap and snowpea), pumpkins, tomato and wombok or Chinese cabbage. Faster growing vegetables can be cropped between these larger vegetables while they are small and in other areas. It's a great time of year to grow a wonderful diversity of salad and cooked greens.

It's prudent to check the irrigation system or install a battery timer and drip tubing. Before you know it, the soil will start to dry out, and your vegetables will be relying on supplementary irrigation. An automatic system is a godsend and great investment, particularly if you are working, spend time away or are generally time poor.

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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.

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

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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, potato, pumpkin, radish, rockmelon, rosella, sage, silver beet, spring onion, squash, swede, tatsoi, tomato, turnip, watermelon, zucchini. 

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

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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