WHAT TO HARVEST
Bananas, Figs, Green Beans, Lychees, Mangoes, Plums, Rhubarb, Rockmelons, Sweet Potatoes, Zucchinis
PLANT OF THE MONTH
Botanical name: Nelumbo nucifera
Colour: Shades of white, yellow, pink and red.
Native to Tropical Asia, and Queensland, Australia, it is commonly cultivated in water gardens. The roots of lotus are planted in the soil of the pond or river bottom, while the leaves float on top of the water surface or are held well above it. When growing lotus flowers, change the water every day while you are waiting for them to sprout. Once you see the Lotus roots emerge, pot them in small pots, a depression should be made, and one seed should be set in each pot. Cover the root gently with soil or gravel.
WHAT TO PLANT
Tropical & Sub Tropical – Basil, Lemongrass, French Tarragon, Thyme
Cool/Temperate – Oregano, Parsley, Lemongrass, Mint, Thyme
One of the most important water stores in the garden is the soil. There is no point in watering copiously if it all seeps through the soil or runs away into stormwater. Turn your soil into a sponge by adding compost, manures and other organic matter. Gradually your soil will retain more water for longer periods.
PROGRESS IN YOUR VEGGIE PATCH
While we have been distracted with festive fun, our veggie patches have probably suffered a little and are in need of some serious loving right now. It’s pretty hot out there at the moment, and it definitely isn’t the ideal time to be planting. However, try eggplant, zucchini, cucumber, capsicum, chillies and tomatoes towards the end of the month and you might be surprised ?