WHAT TO HARVEST
Asparagus, Bananas, Bok Choy, Carrots, Egg Plant, Grapefruits, Lemons, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Zucchini
PLANT OF THE MONTH
Lily of the Nile
Botanical name: Agapanthus
Colour: Lilac, Purple and White
The uncompromisingly tough agapanthus withstands hot summers and make an excellent evergreen border to paths and driveways in areas exposed to the hottest afternoon sun. Agapanthus can also be easily grown in large pots for the balcony, courtyard or veranda. Happy in poor soils and full sun, no plant matches this one for indestructibility. One of the great things about growing agapanthus is that once you’ve got one, you’re guaranteed to have more, because they multiply by themselves in clumps. The downside is, if they’re left untouched, they will become overcrowded and flower poorly. To avoid this problem, cut off the seed heads when the plant has finished flowering, dig up the clumps and divide them into individual plants.
NEWS FROM THE FARM
Australian tea tree
Melaleuca alternifolia is a species of tree or tall shrub in the myrtle family. Commercially grown on the Tablelands in Far North Queensland for its natural essential oil.
Typically planted around November into a sandy soil profile in and around Mareeba, the trees thrive on Organic Booster pellets which is progressively side-dressed with Organic Xtra in order to flush the new growth, which is then forage harvested every 12-18 months.
Leaf and twigs are subsequently steam distilled for the oil which is world renowned for purity and quality and is being used in the cosmetic and medical industry for its antiseptic, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
WHAT TO PLANT
Tropical – Basil, Ginger
Sub Tropical – Basil, Borage, French Tarragon, Ginger, Lemon Balm, Mint, Oregano, Sage, Marjoram, Thyme
Cool/Temperate – Basil, Coriander, Tarragon, Horseradish, Lemon Balm, Oregano, Parsley – both curly & flat leafed, Sage, Thyme
SOIL AND LAWN UPDATE
If you haven’t already, be sure to top up the mulch on all gardens. A good layer of mulch will mean less watering and weeding. Sprinkling Organic Xtra under your mulch means you are guaranteed a shot of nutrients every time you water, or it rains. Organic, biodegradable mulch will enrich your soil as it breaks down & also attract beetles, centipedes & other pest-eating creatures that enjoy the dark, moist conditions
PROGRESS IN YOUR VEGGIE PATCH
It’s a perfect time to pop a bunch of herbs into the patch. Add a touch of colour with some purple basil. Control lemon balm and mint by planting into a couple of pots near or in the garden. These guys are gorgeous & prolific but can be invasive if they really like their spot. Mulch your herbs well.
Plant a green manure crop to add some life and love to an overworked veggie patch. Try millet, alfalfa or pigeon pea. Green manure will improve your soil structure and nutrient levels. Green manure can also be planted between food crops to confuse some pests.