IN THE TROP­ICS

Gardening Australia - - YOUR PLANNER -

Add a splash of colour by plant­ing sweet peas, phlox, marigolds, sun ow­ers and pan­sies, and keep them well wa­tered over the dry sea­son for a spec­tac­u­lar dis­play

Net g trees and other soft fruit (above) to safe­guard your crop from hun­gry birds

Soak pink shower tree (Cas­sia ja­van­ica) fort­nightly through­out the dry sea­son to pre­vent ex­ces­sive leaf drop

Plant cit­rus in a sunny, wind-shel­tered spot where the soil is well drained

Keep plant­ing dry-sea­son beet­root (be­low), wom­bok, sil­ver­beet, rocket, broc­coli, snow peas and co­rian­der, but don’t de­lay

Spread com­post and mulch around fruit trees to help hold in the last of the wet-sea­son mois­ture

Har­vest cas­sava and taro roots, freez­ing the ex­cess, then re­plant the tops for your next crop

Plant ger­beras in pots or raised beds in a spot that gets morn­ing sun, but is shaded from the af­ter­noon’s rays

Wa­ter na­tive ferns reg­u­larly dur­ing the dry sea­son, so that they don’t turn shabby

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