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What to do in the garden

May

Autumn has been a little slow this year, but with rain falling, vegie gardens should require a little less water to keep crops growing. Because of the unseasonably warm weather, cabbage white butterfly has been more of an issue this year than previous years. Net brassicas with exclusion netting, set up decoys or spray with Dipel.

Cut back the last of your perennials as they start to dry and set seed.

Green manure crops sown in March should be ready to dig into the soil. Cut them off at ground level before digging them through. If you're not sure when to dig crops in , always cut them back before they flower and set seed.

Autumn raspberries can be pruned to the ground now. This helps to keep your berry patch uncluttered and productive. Summer fruiting raspberries fruit on last year's canes, so these must be pruned selectively, reducing only the canes that fruited last summer.

If you live in an area frequented by low temperatures and frost, replenish mulch to help maintain some warmth in the soil.

Deciduous trees are a little behind this year, so don't be in a rush to prune fruit trees until they are in full winter hibernation.

Seeds to Sow Now

Seeds to sow this month if you live in areas like Tasmania, Bendigo, Ballarat, Canberra, Orange and Armidale or places that have less than 5 months a year with temperatures over 15°C

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Sow now: Broad beans, broccoli, cauliflower, celtuce, garlic, kale, lettuce, onion, peas, radish, sage, spring onion, swede, thyme, turnip.

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What to do in the garden

Check tree ties

If your trees are tied to a staked or other support, then check them now to make sure the support is not cutting into the trunks. Material used to tie up trees may have deteriorated over summer, so replace it now to withstand winter winds. 

Divide herbaceous perennials

It is the perfect time to multiply your plant collection by dividing clumps of herbaceous perennials. Clumps of sedums can be 'cut' with a sharp spade and the new, smaller clumps planted around the garden or given away to friends.

Tidy up fallen fruit

Clean up fruit that has fallen off the trees. Pop them in the bin instead of leaving them to rot under the trees and harbour diseases and pests.

What to do in June

Plant strawberry runners

Bare root strawberries can be planted now. Build up the soil to form a small ridge; this ensures that the plants will not get wet feet. Keep a look out for pesky snails and set traps if they become a problem.

Cut back green manure crops

Early sown crops of green manures can be cut back before they begin to flower. Slash down the foliage with a brush-cutter and dig it into the soil to break down.

Prune back raspberry canes

Plan to prune raspberry canes soon. Autumn fruiting varieties are simply cut back to the ground, whilst summer fruiting varieties need to be tip pruned to develop fruiting canes next season. 

Vegetable Growing Tips

Starting a vegetable garden

- Choose an area that gets full sun and is not too far away from your house. The mid-winter dash to the vegie patch will be easier! 

- A good, healthy soil is the foundation to success so focus on improving the soil before you do any plantings. 

- Know what to sow, when to sow and how. Every vegetable seed has its own growing requirements. We offer a beautiful heirloom Seed Sowing Guide here and a 2018 Gardeners Diary with space for seed packets, garden plans and notes here.

How to sow seeds

How to sow green manure

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