Monday, December 18, 2017 | Regina Downes | Comments (0)
Weed, Weed and weed some more! Its December already and the weeds are growing as tho they are on some kind of super drug! Staying on top of your garden weeds is very important this time of year.
Shrubs December is the perfect time to do any propagation in your garden. Only propagate cuttings from healthy plants.
Coral vine ( Antigonon leptopus)
Grows by producing underground tubers, fast spreading. Spread also by birds and bats.It also seeds freely and will spread with the aid of birds. Recognisable by its heart shaped leaves and purple flowers. Can grow up to 15m
Rangoon creeper (Quisqualis indica)
Flowers all year round. Recognizable by its white/pink/red flower heads and woody stems.
Fast growing and takes over. Can be grown in a backyard garden as a beautiful flowering shrub, BUT be mindful it has a tendency to take cover.
Wild passion fruit (Passiflora foetida)
A climbing or scrambling vine with sticky hairs over most of the plant.Produces a green fruit , when it turns yellow is can be eaten, has the distinct passion fruit flower.
Its the wet season and its once again time to remind Top End gardeners of the dreadedMelioidosis disease. Melioidosis is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei, found in the soil and in water right here in Northern Australia. It also locally referred to as Nightcliff gardeners disease. It can be fatal. Its one of those important diseases that every Top End gardener needs to know about and needs to know the signs of infection. Early detection is the key to treating this disease as if left untreated or un-diagnosed can be fatal. This time of year its always advisable to wear enclosed foot wear when working out in the garden and to cover any open wounds or cuts on your body
The Edible Patch If you are still keen to work in your fruit/veggie/herb patch here are few edible plants that you can grow now and will continue to grow through our wet season.