||[Dec. 28th, 2008|10:38 am]
Gardening in Brisbane
Right... just ordered *far* too many packs of seeds, off to buy some extra pots, soil and all the good stuff and this week my garden begins!
I am restricted in what I can do in my garden as it is a rental and we want to move into our own place in about a year... so most things have to be in pots or be able to be left behind without me being too upset:)
I have a couple of questions though as I am so new to this climate! Very different to growing things in the UK.
1. The landlord has put down this really, really cheapo mulch on the beds... it just blows around the garden, makes a mess and to be honest half the soil is exposed anyway as the stuff will not remain where it should be. I am going to plant some fast growing ground cover to hide this but I am wondering if it would be ok to remove the mulch for a few weeks? The stuff is driving me nuts. Will the ground cope being exposed or is it going to do some damage? I was thinking of replacing it with bark mulch - any good? Covering up the soil is not a necessity in Britain.
2. Is it possible in this climate to grow some vegetables inside? I am thinking of tomatoes, peppers, chilli and possibly cucumber? I have a real hankering to grow a tomato plant in my bathroom. More for the unusual aspect, not so much to eat the fruit :) The chilli I want to grow is for the aesthetics not for the chillis as I can't eat the things! Will they cope indoors?
3. Can frangipani plants be grown in pots for the first few years? Love them but don't want to plant direct as I would want to take it with me to my permanent home
4. Lastly... a friend gave me some banana passion fruit seeds - can passion fruit grow outdoors here?