Sub Tropical, SEQ planting this summer

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  1. DTK

    DTK Well-Known Member Premium Member GOLD

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    Hi fellow sub-tropicals.
    Well, despite not being 01 Dec yet, the summer has well and truly "hatched" here. We are in an almost "rain-free" zone here. Have received nothing to speak of for months and grass is going from brown to opaque. Yet I would like to grow veg through the next few months, if I can.

    What are fellow sub-tropicals growing this summer? Or, do you leave the garden to re-charge its batteries until March?

    Either way, happy gardening.

    Dan
     
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    Hi Dan I am still planting another crop of golden nugget pumpkins some more small watermellons just put in some capsicum and beetroot my tomato were looking a bit worn out so I pruned them back to about 150mm and now they have new growth up to 300mm high and flowering again unsure how they will finish up. I am going to put up a shade cloth cover on part of the garden and try some veg that don't like the sun as much and see how they go all the best Dave
     
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    DTK Well-Known Member Premium Member GOLD

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    Sounds good Dave. I need to put some seeds in . Just wondering what.
     
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    Wedgetail thats a good idea to put up a shade sail over a garden bed.
    It really pays dividends through summer.

    Several years ago I broke into my grey water pipes so I could use the water on my garden.
    Now I have a diverter valve from the upstairs pipes which sends water into a 44gal drum with a sump pump in it.
    I run that daily to pump out shower and kitchen water via a hose to where needed.
    I just need to be careful with types of cleaning products and soaps.
    I also have the plumbing of the downstairs shower that I opened up and put a plastic flat pipe onto that currently runs across the back lawn.
    That water goes onto a new banana mound that also has two pumpkins growing from it along with a few herbs etc.

    Nearby is another new tree mound where the laundry water goes to. I've put some dwarfed fruit trees there along with the 7 blueberries.
    I just need to water the blueberries separately with lucerne tea to keep that soil acidic because the laundry water is rather alkaline.

    So there is water available. You just need to know where to find it!
     
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    Hi Dan a few plants that you can plant now.
    Capsicum
    Chilli
    Cucumber
    Eggplant
    Okra
    Pumpkin
    Radish
    Rockmelon
    Squash
    Corn
    Sweet potato
    Tomato
    Watermelon
    Zucchini

    Cucumber's will need to be in a shady spot or they get lear scald hop this helps Regards Dave
     
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    Wedgetail Well-Known Member Premium Member GOLD

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    Hi ClissAt I find a lot of veggies that will grow in full summer sun will grow a lot better under a bit of shade cloth. As for using your waste water waste not want not is certainly the way to go well done. Dave
     
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    Thanks Dave
     
  8. Mark

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    Chilli - yes
    Cucumber - possibly in dappled shade but I start cucs in Mar/April as we go into winter
    Eggplant - yes
    Okra - yes
    Pumpkin - see cucumber
    Radish - In dappled shade or with shade cloth possibly
    Rockmelon - Not easy with our humidity
    Squash - see cucumber
    Corn - yes
    Sweet potato - yes
    Tomato - possibly if you position them to avoid afternoon sun
    Watermelon - the best time to plant in my opinion is Sept for harvest in Dec otherwise the humidity in summer is too much
    Zucchini - see cucumber
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    Perpetual spinach - will suffer a subtropical heat to an ok standard
    Kang kong
    Egyptian spinach
    Rosella
    Gourds
    Basil
    Verbena
    Ginger
    Turmeric
    Galangal - might grow this out of the patch it can get pretty big
    Cardamom leaf
    Lettuce - in the dappled shade loose-leaf types will grow ok-ish with lots of water
    Carrots - will also grow in dappled shade or protected by shade cloth
    Walking onion
    Garlic chives
    Taro
    Jerusalem artichoke
    Snake bean
    Brazilian spinach
    Madagascar bean (lima)

    That's about all I can think of at the moment.
     
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    DTK Well-Known Member Premium Member GOLD

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    Thanks Mark; excellent list!
     
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    Thanks Mark,

    I needed that list... as I am a beginner to all of this. Moving from being a "keyboard monkey" into Veggies.... LOL.
    This will be my second season having a crack at it, I do harvest stuff atm... of al things I got a pumpkin yesterday.

    Still trying to figure out the climate, and what to plant I am a bit SW from Caboolture.
     
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    I came across this web site the other week.

    https://www.gardenate.com/

    Pick your region and it'll recommend what to plant when month by month. Sign up for the emails and get a start of month reminder email for that month. Found it quite helpful.

    Cheers

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    I so would love to source these spinaches in green... do you grow them from seed, Mark? I haven't seen them anywhere - perhaps I was having a "boy look"... :(
     
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