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Autumn Subtropical Garden Tour

Mid Autumn is definitely the best time in our subtropical garden. This year it has been unseasonably wet, which has been good as it has meant things have been very hands off. But we still have our issues, the main one being rats and mice.

What we’re up to in May in the Subtropics

Succession planting

This time of year it’s all about succession planting our peas, broccoli and cauliflower. We want a steady supply of these until we can’t grow them anymore. Our season is super short for these things so it’s making sure we get the most out of the season by doing loads of succession planting. We’ll plant new seeds every month right up until July.


It’s also the time we start harvesting our turmeric and ginger as it dies back. We often keep it in the ground if we have no great need for it, it stores quite well left alone and usually produces 3 times more the following year.

Towards the end of May we’ll see the start of our Tomato harvests, and the production of rosellas are in full swing. Towards the end of May we will also start harvesting our coffee beans! It’s never enough for our daily habit but it’s a beautiful plant and it’s a fun novelty one to grow (plus the cherries do taste good!).

Topping up

It is also time to really feed up the Garlic to make sure it gets super big and healthy to produce amazing bulbs for harvest in September.


Even autumn comes with issues in our subtropical garden, we have a problem with rodents right now and we lost a lot of plants from curl grubs and also cutworms taking out entire seedlings. It does happen every year at this time of year.

Subtropical Vegetable Garden Tour in May

You can check out a video tour of our garden in May to see what we’re growing, harvesting and the issues we have.

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5 thoughts on “Autumn Subtropical Garden Tour”

  1. Diane GiorgioBellotti

    Thanks Nikki,
    Your garden tours are so inspirational. After the big wet here in Bris I too lost seedlings in my greenhouse. So after knowing you had a similar experience helps me get over the loss and plant again. I have many Rosella and pumpkins thriving at the moment. I made the balsamic rosella and added it to my lasagne. Super delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Thanks Nikki interesting and motivating for another very water logged subtropical gardener. What do you think is the advantage of raised beds? Just thinking it would be quite expensive and do I need to do that.

    1. I think it definitely helped with drainage. Everything did look very poor after the rain, so I had to top up most beds with compost/manure again to get them happy again. Raised bed setups can definitely be $$$ infrastructure and filling, but you can achieve the similar results by just doing no dig gardens and layering up

  3. Hadn’t thought of no dig but definitely possible. I only have a small courtyard garden but it’s amazing how much I can fit in. Have lemon,orange, mandarin, lime, peach, pawpaw mostly all dwarf and 2 beds of veggies. Biggest problem is poor soil and alternating hot sun to shade.

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