Au­tumn an ideal time to es­tab­lish bush tucker plants in your yard

Pilbara News - - Property - Sab­rina Hahn

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.

Pic­tures: Do­mus Nurs­ery

Kun­zea pomifera.

Midyim berry.

Midyim berry.

Pic­ture: WA News

Lo­belia.

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