‘Tis the season to be green-fingered, so get outside and reacquaint yourself with that garden of yours.
We won’t pretend that Darwin’s climate is anything like Canberra’s, or Brisbane’s like Perth’s, so here’s a general guide for what to plant in October (and double check with the experts at your nearest garden centre too).
Sunflowers: Is a garden without sunflowers even a garden? Best not risk it, and get planting. Aim for the sunniest spot you’ve got – these vibrant giants are quick to grow and a lot of fun to watch.
Dahlias: Dahlias are incredibly diverse. They can be all kinds of colours, shapes and sizes, and adding them to your flower beds will introduce a riot of colour that will have you finding all kinds of excuses to pop outside to visit them. These flowers also love a good sunny spot.
Roses: Roses are usually planted in winter, so now is essentially your last chance to get some of these fragrant blooms flourishing in your garden. There are more varieties than there are aphids in springtime, and yes, they do all smell as sweet as one another.
Carrots: A staple of any meal, carrots are one of the handiest veggies to have on tap out back. Be sure to plant them now while it’s still relatively cool, as once summer hits it will be too hot for the seedlings.
Butternut pumpkin: Sweet, nutty, and delicious, you can’t go wrong with butternut pumpkin. Plant now and keep them well watered to ensure a good crop. You can expect them to mature in roughly 14 weeks.
Zucchini: As delicious as it is versatile, zucchini is one of those veggies that you’ll find uses for no matter how much of it you grow. They’re fairly low maintenance as well, so simply keep the soil moist and add a bit of mulch on top to keep those pesky weeds out and you’re good to go.
Tomatoes: Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not adding it to your pavlova; and good preparation is planting it in October. Get ready to proudly tell everyone around the Christmas dinner table that the toms are fresh from your own garden.
Blueberries: Normally, blueberries like places with warm days and cool nights, although there are now more varieties than ever, so look for one that’ll work in your garden during the spring season.
Dragonfruit: Do something a little different and try growing dragonfruit this year. They love warmer climates and taste like the perfect fusion of watermelon, kiwifruit, and pear. They do prefer more tropical climates, so they’re best grown in hotter areas.
If you’re after something a little more than the odd potted plant or row of carrots, call in the professionals and talk to a landscaper about setting up your garden for some serious fresh produce and bright flowerbeds.