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July is the perfect time to be gardening in the Northern Territory. The weather is beautiful, and it's the best time to get into the garden. And there's heaps to do. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Plant of the month: ferns

There's a huge range of ferns in store. They are the perfect plant for indoors or a shady spot in the garden.

A favourite is the blechnum fern. With its beautiful, lush green foliage, these ferns grow up to 1m. They like tropical or subtropical climates and grow best in filtered sun or shady conditions. Ferns love moist, well-drained soil that has plenty of organic matter.

What else to plant

It's also the perfect time to plant some great shrubs like lilly pillies, ixora and an unsung hero, the musseandas.

Mussaendas, also called Bangkok rose, are a great addition to the garden with their fabulous showy flowers. They put on an extended display through the warmer months.

And don't neglect the vegie garden. Asian greens, herbs like basil, and corn too. Plant in blocks rather than long rows to help with pollination. It's also time to get in some of those prolific producers, cherry tomatoes, with their delicious, sweet flavour.

Tomato seedlings.

Harvest

In Darwin, harvest corn, tomatoes, kale and other leafy greens such as silverbeet. In Alice Springs pick broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.

Harvested vegetables including tomatoes, corn, lettuce and silverbeet.

Maintenance

There's plenty to do in the garden in July. It's a great time to dress your lawn. There are a few different product options for this in store, so get some advice on picking the right one for your lawn.

Whether you live in Darwin or Alice Springs, keep an eye on watering as the garden needs a sprinkle every couple of days.

Prune bromeliads if they need it. Remove any dead leaves. A good tip for bromeliads is to tear the leaf in half and pull it away from the base.

And remember to check plants regularly for pests.

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Our Perfect Plant Promise

Remember the Perfect Plant Promise. All our plants (except seedlings) are guaranteed for 12 months. If you're not 100 percent happy, return your plant (with the receipt or tax invoice) and we'll refund it.

Start planting today

Check out the wide range of plants available at your local Bunnings Warehouse and bring your garden to life.

 

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.