Getting Started

Whether you are new to the Top End or new to gardening, these resources are a great place to start.


A range of super short videos on tropical garden basics including soil science, raised garden beds and tips for growing and using tropical staples such as eggplants and lemongrass. We recommend starting with:


Top End Gardening – Your Practical Guide to Establishing a Productive Garden

This free downloadable booklet created by Environment Centre NT includes an overview of Top End seasons, a planting chart and basics of permaculture.

Tropical Food Gardens

A staple for Top End gardeners, Leonie Norrington’s legendary gardening book is a great place for new gardeners to start. Available from local bookstores, Council libraries or online.

Planting Calendars

Planting & Harvesting Calendar by Taste of the Top End

Vegetable Sowing Calendar – Darwin & Katherine

Ten Easy Wet Season Plants – some great suggestions for almost guaranteed success in the wet.