November-What you should be doing in your Top End Garden this month

Friday, November 10, 2017 | Regina Downes | Comments (0)

With the rains and high humidity come the bugs and the plant diseases. This time of year its always important to stay on top of your plants health. The weather is perfect for assisting in the spread of pests and disease outbreaks.


What you should be doing in your Garden this November


It’s November and the rains have finally arrived in the top end. You should now start to notice the parts of your top end garden that hold a lot of water and the parts that drain quickly. Make a mental note of this, should you wish to plant plants in these area in the future, it will affect your plant choice. As not all plants like wet feet.


Pictured Syzygium armstrongii 

Trees-This time of year trees are growing at a rapid rate and most of our Top End native trees are bursting into flower and seeding. Its beautiful to see streets of Syzgyium armstrongii in flower around the top end.
This is also a good time of the year to remove any unwanted tree seedlings from your garden. Trust me when I say its easier and much cheaper to cut out a 1m Mahogany tree seedling then it is to hire a tree surgeon and a crane to remove a mature tree.
Most, if not all unwanted tree seedlings that "appear" in your garden are probably the by product from bird or bat droppings. See below for some of the more common invasive trees that are best removed when they are small.


•Mahogany tree (Khaya senegalensis)
•Fig tree (Ficus) strangler fig
•Neem Tree (Azadirachta indica (Syn. Melia azadirachta)
•Curry leaf tree (Murraya koenigii )




People often get confused between Curry leave trees and Neem trees;

Here's how you tell the difference;

Curry leaves have dark green leaves, white flowers and black berries
Neem trees have light green leaves, whitish flowers and yellow/green fruit
Curry leaves which are used in Indian cooking have a strong taste
Neem leaves taste bitter



 Plant Check Up-
 Check your shrubs for plant pests

Mealy Bug -Scale -Leaf Miner

In the Veggie 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.


  • Paw Paw
  • Dragon Fruit
  • Loofa
  • Okra
  • Purple Basil
  • Egyptian spinach
  • Sweet Leaf
  • Snake beans
  • Kangkong
  • Rosella


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