Queensland has very specific weather conditions which affect gardens and overall landscapes. In this article, we will discuss gardening and landscaping that is relevant and ideal for Queensland.

 

Materials

 

The Queensland weather can be sporadic and unpredictable, which is why it is important to pay attention not only to which plants you will be growing, but also the way in which you grow them.

 

Styrofoam

 

If you are a budding gardener, consider going small with Styrofoam boxes reused from local businesses, as they are good at retaining water and providing insulation from the elements, both cold and warm.

 

Plants that grow well in Styrofoam boxes include dwarf lemon trees, strawberries, carrots, radishes, and small herb gardens.

 

Check Your Soil

 

If you have done previous gardening before, feel free to plant straight into soil. However, before you do, take care to check your soil as that can impact the outcome of your growing.

 

Check for not only what is in your soil, but also what is deficient. Many southern Queenslanders have soil that is deficient in potassium, magnesium, selenium, and boron.

 

Good Soil

 

The key to good soil is good fertilisers, which can involve animal manure, compost, and interestingly enough – seaweed.

 

What to Grow

 

The plants you choose to grow relies on the weather.

 

Summer

 

In summer, you can generally grow eggplant, squash, melons, basil, zucchini, pumpkin and sweet potato.

 

Winter

 

In winter, it is recommended that you grow plants like garlic bulbs, cabbage, parsley, pumpkin and mint. These are all plants that can withstand cold and the changing weather.

 

Spring

 

Spring is one of the easiest seasons to grow in, as there is both sunshine and light rainfall. Spring plants include chillies, corn, watermelon, sage, carrot and sweet potato.

 

 Autumn

 

Autumn weather can be chilly, so gardeners recommend broad beans, turnips, garlic and cauliflower.

 

Landscaping

 

Landscaping in Queensland can be tricky, as you want something that will withstand the changing weather conditions. However, there are a few popular ideas that go well in Queensland.

 

Movable Veggie Gardens

 

Movable veggie gardens are very popular, as you are able to shift them from one place to another – whether this be out of the hot sun into some shade or out of the rain and into your garage.

 

Cacti

 

Cacti and succulents are becoming increasingly popular in Queensland, as they can thrive under a variety of conditions. Choosing a paved outdoor area with a few cacti and fire-resilient plants in select areas allows for a modern, contemporary look.

 

Patio

A patio and deck is another very popular landscaping idea in Queensland, as it provides a place to rest and relax regardless of the weather outside.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions about this article, or about good quality sheet metal in Brisbane, we at Queensland Sheet Metal would be happy to help. Feel free to call us on 07 3267 1010 or contact us online.