Is your garden ready for it?
December is probably one of the most exciting times of the year for gardeners in the tropics as it’s usually the time when we see the strongest signs that the dry season is coming to an end and the real wet is about to start. It’s the time of the year when new plants get planted, and failures get excavated. Everything starts to grow like mad with the onset of warm heavy rains, and you assume you can just sit back and watch your garden grow. Unfortunately the weeds and lawn also go into overdrive and gardening turns into a race between you and everything green. So before you get left behind and your beautiful garden turns into an accidental jungle, there are a few things you should get on top of.
Australia has an amazing variety of native plants to offer the home gardener, however it is a resource that is still undervalued and underutilised. Back in 2005 a study compiled by the Department of the Environment and Heritage found between 19,000 and 21,000 species of native Australian flowering plants, however this number excludes horticultural cultivars, pine trees, ferns, mosses and any other non-flowering plants, so the total number of plants is actually even higher than that figure.