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WHAT TO HARVEST

Artichokes, Asparagus, Blueberries, Broccoli Fennel, Ginger, Mushrooms, Papaya, Sweet potatoes, Watermelons

PLANT OF THE MONTH

Sunflower (Helianthus)
Colour: Yellow. Sunflowers are such cheerful flowers and make you feel like smiling when they open up to greet the sun.They are also a great flower for little gardeners as they’re easy to grow, require little care and feel overwhelming when you’re under 100cm tall!  Plus, re-plant the seeds and grow more flowers!

NEWS FROM THE FARM

Farmers Growing to Taste
An increasing number of South East QLD commercial strawberry farms, that are differentiating on taste, are putting out organic slow release pelletised fertilisers this month. This cost effective and user friendly option not only helps in creating a biologically diverse productive soil, but organic nutrients that are made plant available are in a highly stable form and are known to contribute to higher Brix results in the fruit (taste) and to a significantly longer shelf life.

WHAT TO PLANT

Tropical – Basil, Ginger and Mustard Greens.
Sub-Tropical – Basil, French Tarragon, Horseradish, Oregano, Marjoram, Sage and Thyme.
Temperate – Amaranth, Basil, Borage, Coriander, Dill, Fennel, Lemon Balm and Mint.

SOIL UPDATE

APPLY TOP MULCH
To hold precious moisture in your soil during the heat and to feed your soil organisms. Sprinkle handfuls of Organic Xtra under your fresh layer of mulch for an injection of soil goodness when it rains.

PROGRESS IN YOUR VEGGIE PATCH

GROW A GREEN MANURE CROP in your dormant veggie patch now. As well as “fixing” nitrogen, they will smother weeds, improve the structure of your soil, help to control pests and help your soil recover from constant cultivation.  Get excited about planting – it’s time!

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