The fruit veggies and herbs you should be planting in your garden
Here's an easy guide to fruit and vegetable that will thrive in your garden.
For those who live in subtropical climates like that of south-east Queensland and parts of northern New South Wales, here are some plants that are most likely to thrive in your backyard.
- Herbs: basil, chives, coriander, fennel, gotu kola, heliotrope, lemongrass, mint, parsley, tarragon and winter savoury.
- Fruit and vegetables: artichoke, beans, capsicum, celery, Chinese cabbage, cucumber, eggplant, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, melons, okra, onion, potato, rosella, silver beet, spring onion, squash, sweet corn, sweet potato and tomato.
- Most valuable players: for those less adventurous gardeners, tomatoes are your best bet in sub-tropical summer. Sweet potato is another easy winner for those newly greened thumbs.
Beware of possums and scrub turkeys are out in full force at this time of year and can pose a definite threat to your vegetables particularly.
Wet and dry tropical climate
In tropical areas such as north Queensland the weather is hot and humid. The extreme heat and Summer storms can be volatile for your plants. Here are some suggestions for plants most likely to withstand these conditions.
- Herbs: Basil, coriander, lemongrass, mint and tarragon.
- Fruit and vegetables: artichoke, beetroot, capsicum, cauliflower, celery, Chinese cabbage, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, pumpkin, radish, shallots, spring onion and tomato.
- Most valuable players: basil, sweet corn and eggplant are all sturdy heat-loving plants.
Beware of pests such as caterpillars love the warm humid conditions. Invest in some quality natural pesticides to protect your plants and vegetables.