The garden diaries: Northern Territory in July

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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.

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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.

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Harvest

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

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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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