Autumn an ideal time to establish bush tucker plants in your yard
April/May is one of the best times of the year in the garden.
The days are often sunny and warm, the nights cool and moist.
It’s a great time to plant just about anything, except very tropical species. Plants have a chance to bed down and access the moisture in the soil profile and leaves absorb the dew left on the leaves in the morning.
Easter is traditionally the busiest time of the year for nurseries, with huge amounts of new-release plants available.
I’m seeing a much greater number of Australian bush tucker plants in the nurseries, under the label Tucker Bush, and now is the ideal time to get them into the garden.
Tucker Bush plants may require a bit more compost or soil improver than other natives.
It’s vital to prepare the hole well and add lots of compost, wetting agent, manure, slowrelease fertiliser, clay if you have sandy soil, and to mulch well.
Make sure the hole is twice the depth of the pot and three times the width. If you are planting endemic native trees you should still improve the soil but not as much of the goodies needed for Tucker Bush plants.
If we don’t have any rain, you will need to hand-water.