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I have finally set up a possum exclusion area and wanting to make the most of it. Ideas on what is ideal to produce in Brisbane is appreciated. Used an old dog cage and have a raised bed and a bath tub based wicking bed. But I am new to BNE and would appreciate some help. Preference is for things that are multiple harvest and not too difficult to grow.

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Comment by Susan on July 5, 2018 at 18:36

Hi Paul, 

I grow in wicking beds as well and I find I can grow most things except cucumbers and sweet corn at this time of year (eggplant and caps are from summer plants and still going strong).  Tomato's do FANTASTIC now - it is our best time to grow. Coriander is going nuts for me.  Get peas in - we can't grow as soon as it warms up. 

In summer, I can grow lettuce provided it is loose leaf type (mignonette) and getting afternoon shade.  

Comment by Roger Clark on July 3, 2018 at 8:44

Paul, This how I keep the pesky possums out - wooden framed boxes with mesh.

At this time of year  I have in Snow Peas, Tromboncino, Garlic, Kohl Rabbi, Cabbages, Broccoli (Green sprouting and Asian), Dwarf Beans, Tomatoes, Spuds, Lettuces, Chokos, Carrots, Beetroot, and over wintering - eggplant, pumpkins and capsicums. Except for Spring, this the most productive time in the garden, but you should try to get a spot in full sun now, as very few veges will thrive in too much shade at this time of year. As spring comes in (usually after the coldest weather and around early September), you can grow sweetcorn, new pumpkin plantings, sweet potato, Climbing beans and most of the first mentioned veges. Some will tend to go to seed as it gets hotter, e. g. lettuce and some will shrivel up, but some like Pumpkins, sweet potato, eggplants and Capsicum will thrive in hotter conditions as long as you keep the water up to them.

Easiest to grow now are, Tromboncinos - will resist mildew attack, Cherry tomatoes - will take over if you allow them to, and Carrots- but they need a loose soil not enriched with fresh fertiliser ( or they will fork). I grow some of my carrots in baths but find that those grown in PVC tubes, in only good quality potting mix will do just as well. 

Comment by Valerie on July 2, 2018 at 11:03

f you want seeds and cuttings, come to one of our garden visit. Next one is in Michelton on 14 July.

Comment by Dave Riley on July 1, 2018 at 22:06

Seed? Try HERE. -- but I'd start off with seedlings like cut and come again lettuces.

I get my seedlings from the Caboolture Markets.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on July 1, 2018 at 18:55

Into spring and summer: Eggplant, Capsicum, Okra, Cucumber, Pumpkin, Tromboncino (a climbing version of Zucchini and much hardier).

Comment by Paul Meibusch on July 1, 2018 at 17:37

so, any seed available to share?

Comment by Paul Meibusch on July 1, 2018 at 17:11

ah yes looking forward to coriander again, my possums have really liked this one!

Comment by Dave Riley on July 1, 2018 at 17:03

This time of year: radishes, salad greens, snap/green beans, (Tommy Toe) tomatoes, coriander, spring onions, potatoes, garlic, carrots, other root veg of choice...

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