Subtropical Zone - warm humid summers

What to do in the garden

May

May is a great time to be out in the garden, the weather is stunning and the ground is moist. Gardeners often find it a relaxed time to garden as both the vegetables and weeds start to slow down, and we start to feel as if we are really on top of things. Before you know it, the light is fading and it's time to head inside and sort out what seeds to sow tomorrow or order more online – and of course enjoy eating some of your own home grown fare.

As previously discussed, this time of year has a focus on north European vegetables. If you are new to vegie gardens, focus on the popular and easy to grow vegetables such as: beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, , cabbage, coriander, green beans, kale, lettuce, NZ spinach (warrigal greens), pak choy, bok choy, parsley, peas and snowpeas, radish, salad and wild rocket, silver beet, spinach and cherry or currant tomatoes. Make sure you grow the vegetables you like to eat!

I find I have best success sowing all my seeds directly in prepared seed beds. The bigger seeds (bean, pea) I sow directly at recommended spacings. The other seeds I sow in sparsely in drills (shallow trenches) in well worked soil. As seedling grow, I start to thin seedlings, in two or 3 stages, initially replanting some to other areas or eating others (added to salads). I find directly sown seedlings always grow most vigorously.

Arno King, 

Brisbane, QLD

Seeds to Sow Now

Seeds to sow now if you live in areas like Byron BayBrisbane and Rockhampton, or places where there are 42-46 weeks a year or more with temperatures over 15°C and high summer rainfall.

FOR A FULL LIST OF SEEDS TO SOW NOW IN THE SUB-TROPICAL ZONE CLICK HERE

Sow now

Asparagus, artichoke, broad beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, celtuce, chervil, chives, choko, coriander, corn, cucumber, dill, Florence fennel, iceplant, kailaan (Hong Kong broccoli), kale, kohl rabi, leek, lettuce, miner’s lettuce, mint, mustard greens, NZ spinach (warrigal greens), onion, pak choy,  parsley, parsnip, peas, potato, radish, sage, salad rocket, silver beet, spinach, spring onion, swede, tatsoi, thyme, tomato, turnip.

If you would like to add this seasons seeds to your shopping cart automatically, CLICK HERE

Also plant: 

Burdock, chicory (raddichio), choy sum, collards, corn salad (mache), cress, daikon (mooli), endive, fenugreek greens,  landcress, mibuna, orach, purslane.

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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 improve your vegie garden soil

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