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Murwillumbah, NSW, Australia
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Water Loving(Handling) Plants

Posted by Neil Silverhair over 11 years ago

Plants that grow in the subtropics that has high rainfall and humidity

Hi Folks, we have are having one of the wettest summers with high humidity  that I've known here in the subtropics (near Murwillumbah) which is Northern NSW and it has been an opportunity to actually see what plants can handle these conditions.

           In the vegie department the winners are naturally the subtropic/tropical  plants like Ceylon Spinach, Okra and Loofah Sponges(you can eat the fruit when they are small), Taro also Snake Beans, Blue Lake Climbing Beans, Amaranth, Chia, Yellow Capsicums, Oakleaf lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes, Spring Onions, Cucumbers(my own seeds which originally came from Lebanese Cucumbers) and Golden Arch Zuchinis.

          With the herbs and of the mints do well, I have Peppermeint , Garden mint, Tulsi and Pennyroyal also Basils do well along with Oregano, Allspice, Ginger, Turmeric, Galangal, Italian Parsley, Mushroom Plant, Gotu Kola, Tarragon and  Brahmi

           Fruits like Passion Fruit, Bananas, Mangoes, Avocados, Pineapples(my first crop is nearly ready though it has taken 2 years) Guavas and Mulberries

          Basics like raised garden beds are a good idea and mulching using decomposing Elephant grass  is great as it doesn't form a dense mat on the ground surface so allows for air and water to penetrate the soil slowly which prevents erosion (my garden is on a slope) I also try not to tread on the beds as this causes soil compaction and can lead to water logging

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