May

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Preparing

Harvesting

  • Preparation time for winter.
  • Bare ground should be planted in a green crop such as mustard or oats, or it can be covered with a mulch of compost or pea-straw.
  • Broad beans can still be sown, and also make a great green crop.
  • Prepare your garlic area for planting anytime from now till July.
  • Some peas could still be planted such as the snow pea varieties.
  • Pumpkins, squash, kumara, yams, and potatoes will be harvested and stored in a dry, shady place.
  • Most areas would have had frosts in May so last of the frost tender crops will be out and frozen, dehydrated, or bottled for winter.
  • Brassicas, silverbeet, leeks, carrots, parsnips, kale, lettuces, and rocket should keep going through the winter if you have planted enough.

Planting

 Herbs

  • Broad Beans (Fava Beans)
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Carrot
  • Corn Salad
  • Garlic
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Mizuna
  • Mustard Greens
  • Onion
  • Pak Choi
  • Peas
  • Potatoes (protect from frost)
  • Radish
  • Rocket
  • Shallots
  • Silverbeet
  • Snow Peas
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Swede
  • Turnip

Transplant:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Collard Greens
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Spring Onions
Planting:

Collect seeds from annual herbs like Basil

Maintenance 

  • Plant evergreen fruit and nut trees
  • Remove fallen fruit from ground to prevent disease
  • Check for woolly aphid on stems of apple trees (paint with methylated spirits)
  • Apply lime around stone fruit and apple trees
  • Apply lime on celery, onions, lettuce, peas, rhubarb, asparagus, broad beans, globe artichokes and brassicas.   Avoid potatoes and strawberries
  • Earth up leeks and celery to blanch and sweeten
  • Sow a green crop
  • Add support to Broad Beans
  • Keep Brussels Sprouts well watered