04 June 2009

May in the Garden

As I am now searching through websites and books each month to work out what to do for my grand garden plan I thought I'd share my findings. Here's the first months installment...

Note: This is for temperate climates in the south of north Island. It may also be good for central UK and US, you'd have to compare your climate to see. Also, you'd have to displace the month by six months to November-ish :)

  • Cut back asparagus to within 15cm of ground level after the stems turn yellow
  • Thin root crops
  • Transplant cabbage, cauli, broccoli, silver beet and in warm areas - lettuce - into raised beds. Use Quash to control snails and slugs (I'd be interested to hear of better solutions, I've heard sawdust + potassium is a good solutions)
  • Spray celery, cabbage and cauli with Copper to prevent fungal diseases
  • Sow a green cover crop in vacant areas
  • Mix composts into the soil
  • Sow broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, radish, spinach, cress, lettuce, mustard, onions and spring onions (not so sure about that), peas, potatoes, shallots, kale and rocket
  • Plant mizuna and frilly kale for pots
  • Feed trees
  • Plant deciduous fruit/citrus trees using slow release fertiliser under each tree that lasts 2 years
  • Pruning should start as soon as the leaves have dropped
  • Harvest your lemons now before the frosts start to make the fruit bitter and dry
  • Harvest Feijoas, Kiwi and Tamarillos
  • Prepare new beds for roses by adding compost chose an open area away from trees where they can receive at least 5 hours of full sun a day
  • Cut back geraniums, Daises, Phlox and perennials that have finished flowering
  • Clean up dead leaves under rose bushes to prevent the spread and pest and disease
  • If you want to create leaf mulch collect all your leaves in a sack/bag/tub and find a place to leave them for a year or 2
  • Plant shrubs, remembering they grow up and outwards, so leave enough space for development
  • Cyclamens add colour throughout. When flowers or foliage die off, pull out the whole stem with a sharp twist to avoid any fungus disease setting in and rotting the plant

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