WHAT TO HARVEST
Bananas, Blueberries, Bok Choy, Carrots, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Grapefruit, Lemons, Pumpkins, Sweet Potatoes
PLANT OF THE MONTH
Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum)
Colour: White. These versatile plants can be used in a variety of ways, as climbers, as a groundcover, spreading bushes, or indoor plants. They feature attractive, glossy, oval leaves that are pointed at both ends, with fragrant, white, starry, jasmine-like flowers, in spring and summer. They will happily grow in a sunny or shaded position, and require average amounts of water initially, but are somewhat drought tolerant once established.
NEWS FROM THE FARM
Horticultural growers in the northern parts of Australia are gleaning the last bit of their harvest for the season and are getting the ground ready for the next one.
Fusarium wilt is a soil-borne fungal pathogen that is particularly common in the warmer regions of Australia. Recent high rainfall throughout the north greatly increases the viability of Fusarium Oxysporum as ideal conditions for root infections are temperatures between 25 -30C coupled with a high soil moisture profile.
Organic Xtra is popularly used at rates of 1200kg / hectare with its very high fish extract content to feed beneficial fungi in the ground to bring pathogens such as Fusarium under control. Assisting nature to establish its healthy biological equilibrium is not only one of the most powerful and sustainable way to combat this menacing problem but also is a very cost effective one.
WHAT TO PLANT
Tropical – Alyssum, Amaranthus, Cosmos, Marigold, Petunia.
Sub-Tropical and Cool – Alyssum, Amaranthus, Begonia, Cosmos, Marigold, Petunia, Salvia, Sunflower, Verbena, Zinnia.
Plant a green manure crop to add some life and love to your overworked soil. 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.
PROGRESS IN YOUR VEGGIE PATCH
It’s a perfect time for planting herbs in your patch!
Try some sweet basil, parsley, sage, pyrethrum, lemongrass, oregano, marjoram, dill, rosemary and thyme. 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.