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  Mulch Pit Monthly Planting Plus Guide

At the Mulch Pit, we're learning as we go along. Learn with us here as we discover the best things to plant, pick, prune and prepare for each month of the year in our Tropical Permaculture Garden.

Please add to this growing knowledge bank by commenting on the entries below (coming soon!) and by joining us for hands-on learning in the Pit.



For the month of December...

Prepare and Provide

  • Your garden is sweltering so the best you can do is ensure there is enough moisture during a prolonged build-up.  
  • Great time for making compost.  Trim all the dead and old leaves, and lanky stalks out of your garden.  Make compost using one wheelbarrow of greenery to 2-3 wheelbarrows of hay or dry leaf.  Cover to stop getting wet.
  • Dose ginger with organic fertiliser and mulch.
  • If going on holidays, think about garden maintenance.  Who will collect your harvest while you are gone?  This will prevent waste and reduce build-up of pests and disease.


  • Why not try growing okra?  Plant directly into the ground and feed well.  Pick the pods a few days after flowers fall off.  If you don't pick them every day, they'll get woody and hard.  Use pods in soups and pickles.
  • At the very least, plant a cover crop on your vegie beds.  Mung beans or peanuts are great; you get something to eat while creating green manure.


  • Wrap ripening pineapples in bird wire to keep pests, birds and possums out.
  • Remove caterpillars by hand or non-toxic spray.
  • Nematodes can run rampant this month, among vegies and bananas.  To control, plant a non-host plant like cassava over the wet season.


  • Trim hedges and remove any dangerous limbs from trees around your home.
  • After fruiting, cut mulberry trees into wine glass shape.  Take the centre at least 50cm lower than the side branches.


  • Best time for taking tip cuttings.  Collect in early morning, keep in damp plastic bag and plant in the evening.


  • Aquatic plants may take over water features, choking out fish and aquatic life.  Clear out excess vegetation and put in your compost. Ensure 50% of the pond surface is clear to allow light penetration and oxygen transfer.

(Sources:  Gardening Australia, December 2005)


For the month of November....


  • Late this month, plant wet season seeds in the nursery.
  • Plant pawpaws, passionfruit, avocado, pineapple and pomegranate into 15cm high mounds to protect from root rot in the Wet.
  • Heat loving vegies like Ceylon spinach, Warriagal greens, okra, rosella and sweet potato can go into sun soaked garden beds.  Sow a patch of sweet corn with peanuts - they love each other.  Peanuts also help keep out weeds.
  • Plant snake beans and wing beans on a climbing frame.
  • Throw in edible ginger - yum!

Prepare and Provide

  • Start preparing your garden beds for wet season vegies.
  • Continue making compost and liquid compost for the Wet season.  Apply liquid fertiliser regularly, as Wet season rains leach the excess before plants can take it up.
  • If you haven't already, prune and fertilise fruit trees.
  • If your new citrus tree is producing fruit, prune them off.  Fruit trees need to establish a strong branch system for the first 2-3 years before starting production.  Apply trace elements to established citrus if their fruit have dry brown flesh.


  • Tip prune mulberries when branches are 20cm long to encourage flowers through the Wet.


  • Keep an eye out for bugs on the increase.
  • Watch out for the curry leaf tree dropping it's seeds.  Dispose of the seeds to prevent spreading.

(Source: Gardening Australia, 2009; Top End Gardening, Environment Centre NT)

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