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WHAT TO HARVEST

Apricots, Beetroot, Blueberries, Celery, Chillies, Mushrooms, Nectarines, Peaches, Plums and Sweetcorn

PLANT OF THE MONTH

Calla lily (Zantedeschia)
Colour: Purple, pink, red, orange, yellow. Although not considered true lilies, the calla lily is an extraordinary flower. This beautiful plant, available in a multitude of colours, is ideal for use in beds and borders. You can also grow calla lilies in containers, either outdoors or in a sunny window as houseplants.  Care of calla lilies requires that they be planted in loose, well-drained soil.  Calla Lilies also make beautiful wedding flowers at this time of year. Please keep away from children and pets as all parts of the Calla lily are poisonous if ingested.

NEWS FROM THE FARM

Santas little helpers, FNQ farmers: Growing Christmas trees on the Tablelands, mostly select a heat tolerant pine tree species from South America; the Caribbean Pine which is harvested in December at around 4 years of age. They are hardy and thrive in a well-drained organically fortified soil and are pre-planted with a handful of organic pellets.

WHAT TO PLANT

Tropical & Sub Tropical – Capsicum, Cucumber, Eggplant, Radish, Snake Bean, Sweet Potato, Cherry Tomato, Water Melon, Zucchini.
Cool/Temperate – Zucchini, Beetroot, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Celery, Onion, Potato, Silverbeet, Squash, Sweet Corn, Chilli Peppers, Watermelon.

SOIL UPDATE

A nice thick layer of fresh mulch will avoid precious moisture loss, cover and smother a multitude of sins and give your garden a neat, finished look to impress your guests. Merry Mulching!

PROGRESS IN YOUR VEGGIE PATCH

Put part of your veggie garden to sleep under a good layer of mulch or a cover crop and wait out the heat, humidity, pests and disease of the season. The easiest cover crop is bird seed from the supermarket. It should grow like mad and will help capture valuable soil nutrients that would otherwise leach away with the rains.

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