WHAT TO HARVEST
Avocados, Cabbages, Ginger, Leeks, Limes, Paw paws, Pears, Rhubarb, Spinach, Turnips
PLANT OF THE MONTH
Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)
Colour: White. Common snowdrops are tiny plants that produce one small, white flower, which hangs down off its stalk like a “drop” prior to opening. The name Galanthus means “milk flower” and the species name nivalis means “loving snow”. They flower and produce their seeds quickly and die down again before it becomes too hot. Did you see these beautiful plants flower during winter?
NEWS FROM THE FARM
Commercial Banana Grower – Far North Queensland
This month we started pre-planting tissue cultured plant stock that are more resistant to the Panama fungus and we are using Organic Booster NPK 3.8-2.1-2.2 as a standalone fertiliser source. It is not only a more stable form of nutritional alternative to the traditional chemical option, but it is also an important contributor to fighting the TR4 threat and other disease pressures.
WHAT TO PLANT
Tropical – rockmelon, rosella, silverbeet, squash, watermelon, zucchini.
Sub-Tropical – artichokes, asparagus, broad beans, cabbage, celery, carrot.
Temperate – onion, potato, parsnip, peas, radish, rhubarb, spring onion, squash.
PUMP UP YOUR SOIL HEALTH
The secret to great gardens is getting your soil right. It should drain properly, be well dug and contain plenty of organic matter. Turn generous amounts of Organic Xtra through the soil in new garden beds, to build a soil that is teeming with microbes, worms and beneficial organisms. You will be all set to make the most of the fabulous Spring growing weather!
PROGRESS IN YOUR VEGGIE PATCH
The veggie patch has begun to spring back into life. It’s time to remove the last of the winter crops from the vegetable patch to make room for the new season’s plants. Keep an eye out for weeds. As soon as the soil warms up, everything – including weeds – will start to grow.