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WHAT TO HARVEST

Capsicums, Celery, Grapes, Lemons, Limes, Lychees, Pineapples, Oranges, Sweetcorn, Zucchini

PLANT OF THE MONTH

Tuberose

Botanical name: Polianthes
Colour: White

The tuberose is a night-blooming plant native to Mexico.  It grows in elongated spikes up to 45 cm long that produce clusters of fragrant waxy white flowers that bloom from the bottom towards the top of the spike.  Tuberoses are famous for their perfume, they are pretty and easy-going plants for a hot garden spot.  Choose a location where the soil drains well. If there are still water puddles 5-6 hours after a hard rain, scout out another site.  The Tuberose flowers in mid to late summer, typically 90-120 days after planting. Long lasting flowers make them ideal for cut flowers and bouquets.

NEWS FROM THE FARM

In Victoria, in the Koo Wee Rup district it takes around 3 years from planting the asparagus crown before a small harvest occurs, it is year 4 before real commercial quantities are harvested. A well- managed asparagus crop will produce in Koo Wee Rup for at least 10 years. In December at the end of the asparagus growing season these aging paddocks are being deep ripped and prepared for the following season. Organic Booster pellets are the preferred choice of organic fertilizers as they are user friendly, do not render the ground too ‘hot’ but deliver the required organic carbon and biology.

WHAT TO PLANT – flowers

TROPICAL Alyssum, Amaranthus, Marigold, Petunia, Salvia, Zinnia.

SUB TROPICAL Alyssum, Cosmos, Chrysanthemum, Marigold, Petunia, Sunflowers, Zinnia.

COOL/TEMPERATE Alyssum, Cosmos, Marigold, Sunflower, Begonia, Petunia, Salvia, Zinnia.

GARDEN BUG FACTS

Did you know that ants feed on the sugary honeydew produced by aphids?  Some ants even massage the aphids to squeeze the honeydew out of them! In exchange, the ants fiercely protect the aphids from predators. Rub a thick barrier of Vaseline around the base of an aphid infected plant to prevent the flow of ants up the trunk. Without their ant protectors, the aphids are left vulnerable to their natural predators e.g. Ladybugs.

 

Bye-Bye ants, Bye-Bye aphids – HELLO LADYBUGS!!?

 

VEGGIE PATCH TIPS

What’s your New Year’s gardening resolution? Why not start growing your own food?

Grow your own and reap the rewards. Home grown means tastier, more nutritious foods that have a longer shelf life. It means less pesticides and keeping chemicals off your plate. It saves money off your grocery bill, is good for the soul, great stress relief and a great form of exercise. Veggie gardens beautify your neighbourhood and mean you can enjoy a greater variety of fruit and vegetables than that offered by the stores. Why not give it a go??

 

 

 

 

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