May's Gardening Checklist
As the last leaves of autumn fall now is the time to protect your garden from frosts and harvest the ever classic Feijoa for warm winter crumbles.
Sow seeds of Alyssum, Calendula, Cineraria, Cornflower, Forget-me-not, Lobelia, Lupin, Nemesia, Statice, Stock, Sweetpea and Virginian stock.
Autumn is the best time to plant new trees and shrubs as they can get established over the cooler, wetter winter months. Add some Osmocote or Magamap long term fertiliser at planting time and tie to a support stake.
Bring frost tender patio plants into a sheltered position.
It's a great time to plant new seasons Daphne, Camellias and Rhododendrons to add welcome colour to the garden in winter and early spring.
It's your last chance to plant bulbs for a dazzling spring display.
There is still time to plant Lillies, they are easy to grow and can be planted any time between May and September. Work bulbs with 10cm of soil.
Brighten up your garden or patio by planting pots and hanging baskets with winter flowering annuals.
Lift Dahlia tubers and Gladioli corms and store in a dry place ready for planting again in spring.
Plan new roses to plant and prepare the soil by adding Garden X compost. New season roses start arriving in store later this month.
Reduce watering of house plants and move them to warmer positions.
A greenhouse in the garden will allow you to continue to grow many salad vegetables like Lettuce, Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Capsicum in spite of cooler temperatures.
Harvest last Fejioas, Guavas, Kiwifruit and Tamarillos as they ripen.
Sow seeds of Beetroot, Broccoli, Broad Beans, Cabbage, Carrots, Onions, Radish, Spinach, Swedes and Turnips directly into your garden bed.
As you leeks grow, pile up the soil around the stems to provide support and keep the stem white.
If your vege patch won't be used over winter, consider sowing Blue Lupin or Mustard seed as a winter 'green' crop. This is an easy, natural way to add nutrients and improve soil structure for spring.
In frost free areas plant another crop of Potatoes, a potato planter will allow you to grow them in a warm shelter area of your garden or patio.
Plant your Shallot and Garlic bulbs now - available in store.
Plant your first Strawberries - well established plants will fruit earlier and for longer this spring and summer.
Feed citrus trees with Citrus Fertiliser to maintain foliage colour and good health.
Mulch vegetables and fruit tress with Garden X compost.
Protect young seedlings from slugs and snails with Quash or Bliztem granules which are rain resistant making them longer lasting for winter use.
Cut back your Asparagus to within 15cm of ground level after the stems turn yellow.