WHAT TO HARVEST
Beetroot, Capsicum, Grapefruit, Leeks, Mushrooms, Oranges, Papaya, Passionfruit, Paw paw, Radishes
PLANT OF THE MONTH
Dusty Miller Plant
Botanical name: Jacobaea maritima
With its trademark silver foliage, dusty miller looks good in any combination in your garden. The silver look of the leaves actually comes from numerous tiny white hairs. These hairs are most prominent on the undersides of the leaves and on the stems. A good use for dusty miller is as a cut flower. The bright silver foliage acts as a clean contrast to bright florals, and it is a nice filler that’s different from your typical green foliage. One of the main reasons that dusty miller has stuck around for so long is because it is extremely easy to grow. This plant seems to thrive in almost any situation and is great both in the ground and in a container.
NEWS FROM THE FARM
Autumn Planting/Tropical North
In horticulture, across Australia’s Tropical North, green manure crops grown over the hot summer months are all but finished and are now incorporated into the soil, ready for bed forming.
Main horticultural crops grown in the winter through the subtropics and tropics are the ‘summer vegetables’ of the temperate climate such as melons, zucchinis, beans etc.
Critical criteria to speed up the break down of stubble and to increase plant nutrient availability at autumn planting;
• Ambient moisture content
• Warm ground temperature
• Increased biological activity
Organic Xtra is the selection of choice for many growers due to its exceptional bio activity and ease of application.
Typical application rates; 1200kg / hectare
WHAT TO PLANT
Tropical – Beetroot, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Corn, Cauliflower, Spring onion, Pumpkin
Sub Tropical – Kohl rabi, Leek, Onion, Potato, Silverbeet, Spinach, Sweet potato, Tomato
Cool/Temperate – Brussels sprouts, Chives, Parsnip, Radish, Snow peas, Spinach, Swede
Water Wisely. Even if the soil is moist, establishing plants will still need watering. Even though April can be wet, we are moving towards the drier months. It is still warm enough to support good growth for a while yet and the summer rain will have washed away a lot of the nutrients from the soil. Toss around a generous amount of Organic Xtra. It’s a great all-round fertiliser and will boost your soil health and add loads of valuable nutrients. Top it off with lashings of a good organic mulch and your garden will come alive with microbes & worms.
PROGRESS IN YOUR VEGGIE PATCH
April is a busy time in the veggie garden. It is the perfect time to plant a HUGE range of seeds and seedlings. Weeding is also an awesome job to do at this time of year. Cut down the competition between your tasty treats and these space invaders and tidy up your patch. It may sound tedious, but it’s incredibly rewarding!