WHAT TO HARVEST
Apples, Avocados, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Egg plants, Leeks, Lemons, Pears, Mandarins, Turnips
PLANT OF THE MONTH
Botanical family: Iridaceae
Colour: Colours range from white or pale pink and lavender, to more intense shades of blue, violet, purple, orange, pink or ruby.
Crocuses are great little bulbs to naturalise in grass beneath deciduous trees, or to plant in groups near entryways. Scatter them in small groups, the results will be beautiful. Once planted, Crocus need no further care and will give you pleasure for years on end with even more flowers, as they continue to multiply. Whilst Crocuses do perform best in cold climates, in mild-winter climates you can chill bulbs in the refrigerator for six weeks before planting and they will love you for it. Crocuses make a magnificent show in the garden, in window boxes and in flowerpots, so they are versatile for any home.
Amazing Fact – Crocus flowers close at night and on rainy days.
NEWS FROM THE FARM
Flood in the Burdekin
For North and Far-North Queensland it has been a very wet start to the new year. Flooding in growing regions such as the Burdekin means that much of the top soil is ether washed away or at best the ground is leached of key nutrients.
Planting season from March/April onwards brings the challenge of soil revitalisation and nutrient recharge – all within a space of 2 months.
As soon as the grounds are dry enough for profiling, bulk bags of organic NPK rich compost in a pelletized form provide growers with a quick and easy option of applying fully balanced, slow release fertilisers direct into the root zone with significant cost savings.
NPK and trace elements in the fertiliser are often customized according to the extent of leaching in the soil.
WHAT TO PLANT – Herbs
TROPICAL – basil, borage, chicory, coriander, fennel, French tarragon, garlic, ginger, horseradish, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage.
SUB TROPICAL – chicory, coriander, fennel, garlic, oregano.
COOL/TEMPERATE – fennel, garlic, oregano, parsley
GARDEN BUG FACTS
Caterpillars are an important part of the Australian environment. The thought of the caterpillar becoming a beautiful butterfly is appealing, yet when they get hold of your broccoli plants, they can devour the lot!! And what about the stinging kind….? Look out for Spit Fire Caterpillars in your back yard. These little guys have pockets of stinging spines that they stick out when they feel threatened.
Did you know?
Caterpillars are great escape artists. Although they are not fast enough to run away from a predator, they can bungee jump instead! When threatened, many caterpillars drop off the leaf but remain attached by a fine piece of silk. When the coast is clear, they can climb back up to safety. Amazing!
VEGGIE PATCH TIPS
- Pull out leftover summer veggie plants or turn into the soil.
- Revitalize the soil with compost and manure.
- Plant loads of winter veggies & herbs to use in stews & soups over the coming months. Nothing beats the flavour of slow cooked fresh herbs!
- Gather fallen autumn leaves to add to your compost heap. Add some Organic Xtra as a starter to boost along the breakdown.
- Remove dead fruit from trees to prevent disease spreading.