There is some great information out there about growing food in the Top End. These are some our favourites.


Tropical Produce Fact Sheets – a collection of fact sheets from both Taste of The Top End and City of Darwin.

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

Vegetable Sewing Calendar for the Darwin/Katherine Region

Planting and Harvesting Calendar by Taste of the Top End – a quick reference guide that will help you understand what to plant when.


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.

The Tropical Permaculture Guidebook – Vols. 1, 2 & 3

An incredibly thorough resource about permaculture gardening in the tropics, developed in Timor Leste.

The No-Mower Food Grower’s Guide

Developed in North Queensland, much of the content in this free 94 page booklet is relevant to Top End gardening.


GULP’s Youtube Channel
Includes three short videos for happy soil.

Darwin Backyard Plants (facebook group)
Not specifically focussed on edible gardens but plenty of relevant posts and helpful, knowledgeable people.

Darwin Food and Useful Garden Growers Group (facebook group)

Share Waste
Connects people with food scraps to nearby composters and chickens!

Remote Indigenous Gardens
A variety of interesting resources and content, worth the dig.

DGEN (Darwin Garden Education Network) Fact Sheets
Great fact sheets for educators


Rosemary Morrow, Earth Users Guide to Permaculture

David Suzuki, Sacred balance

Dilafruz R. Williams and Jonathan D. Brown, Learning Gardens and Sustainability Education – bringing life to schools and schools to life (2012).

All books by  Michael Pollan