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How to Start a Kitchen Garden in Subtropical Queensland

How to Start a Kitchen Garden in Subtropical Queensland

With such large lots available at Benobble Heights, the sky is the limit for future residents looking to embrace the acreage lifestyle. For those with a green thumb, it’s the perfect opportunity, and climate, to foster your own kitchen garden. So whether you have ambitions for a humble veggie patch or a small-scale market garden, here are some tips for growing in subtropical Queensland that are sure to help you cultivate success.

Grow what you eat

It might seem obvious, but if there’s one thing aspiring gardeners should grow when they’re starting a kitchen garden, it’s something they would actually eat often. Starting simply, with things you’re going to use a lot of, will ensure your garden is sustainable in the long term and reduced the chance of food waste.

Know your climate

Benobble Heights is located in subtropical South East Queensland, the perfect climate for gardening. Here, humidity levels are high from November to March, there’s sufficient rainfall throughout summer and rarely any frost in winter. And with an average temperate of 20°, there’s plenty of fruits and vegetables that will grow superbly in this region.

Cool-season vegetables like carrots, beans, and cabbage are best grown in the winters and early spring. If they’re planted late, there is a chance they’ll go to seed as the weather warms up in spring. By November, gardeners should start planting vegetables like eggplant and sweetcorn since they’ll thrive in the wet season ahead. Subtropical Queensland’s mild climate is especially favourable for growing tubers, especially sweet potato, Queensland arrowroot and cassava.

Protect against pests

In South East Queensland there are a few common pests that like to wreak havoc in the garden, particularly after a decent downpour of rain and some warm weather. For instance citrus leaf miner is a common pest found in citrus trees, especially mandarin and lemon trees. Aphids and caterpillars are also commonly found to be feeding on vegetables, fruits and ornamentals. Luckily, with regular maintenance and a watchful eye, these pests can be kept out of your garden. Check out this blog by the Plant Doctor for lots of helpful tips.

Ensure good quality soil

To give your precious plants a fighting chance, it’s best to grow them in good quality soil that drains well. Compost or manure in fertile soil will allow your home crops to thrive and increase their yield. This is an important ingredient to ensure the soil can absorb and retain water too. Check that your soil has good drainage, remove any rocks or lumps and add compost or manure before planting. Then, once your fruit and veggies are in, ensure they don’t dry out by adding sugarcane, pea straw or lucerne as a mulch.

Keen to see your garden grow on your dream property in Queensland’s spectacular Scenic Rim? With the final stage now selling at Benobble Heights only limited opportunities remain to expand your horizons and secure acreage in this hinterland location. Register your details now or call our Sales Team on 0413 949 455 today.

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