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May

Monthly Gardening Checklist - May Plant now

As autumn gracefully descends, with an array of glorious reds and browns, it’s worth getting the garden ready for winter. But while you’re not pressed for time for getting larger trees and hedges in, make sure you get in quick with your winter veggies.

VEGETABLES & FRUIT

VEGGIES

If you’re quick, there’s still time to plant seedlings like kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and leeks.

Start planting garlic and shallots. Plant them into beds that have been deeply forked, mix in lots of compost and sheep pellets. Plant bulbs 12 – 15cm apart, so that the pointy top of the bulb is only just clear of the soil and then mulch with pea straw to help suppress weeds.

Sow green crops into any empty beds. Lupins help fix nitrogen into the soil, mustard helps sterilize beds, and the mix with oats helps add carbon.

FRUIT

It’s a great time to plant feijoa and citrus trees. Come instore or check online to see some of the varieties we have on offer.

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Plums, peaches, nectarines, apples and pears will begin to arrive instore in June. But if you start planning now it can make the whole process easier.  

TREES & SHRUBS

TREES

On drier days plant natives, hedges or any larger trees. Autumn is a great time to plant trees as they have time to settle in before they burst into growth next spring. Keep an eye out for what you like as we can get lots of big trees in over the next few months.

If you’re planting New Zealand natives make sure that you use the correct fertiliser. For best results use either Kings 24+ or an organic option.

SHRUBS

There are several types of Daphne, but get in quick to make sure you don’t miss out. Best planted in free draining soil, with lots of organic matter.

Add some autumn colour by planting shrubs like Hebes and Coprosmas. Hebes are also great if you want to attract beneficial insects.

When planting trees or shrubs, dig a large hole, approximately twice as wide and deep as the pot your tree came in, then backfill with a mix of topsoil, compost, and sheep pellets to the height of the tree’s pot. Gently place the tree (without pot) into the hole. In heavier clay soils plant into a mound and improve drainage with Gypsum and compost. Fertilise with Kings 24+ to ensure that your trees get off to a great start. 

FLOWERS & PERENNIALS

Annuals

Sow or plant out winter flowering seedlings such as alyssum, calendula, cineraria, delphinium, pansy, stock, sweet peas, primula, primrose, polyanthus, nemesias and much much more. Prepare flowerbeds by weeding, forking in Kings Compost and sheep pellets. Consider the final size of the plants when you are spacing them out. 

Perennials

Cyclamen - Best planted in a cool, shady spot. Make sure they are in a relatively free draining spot, feed occasionally, and they should pop up again year after year, providing stunning colour in autumn and winter.

Hellebores - Also known as the rose of winter. Plant them in free draining soil in a spot in full shade. Once established they are fairly easy to care for.

Spring Bulbs

If you get them in quick it’s not too late to plant spring bulbs like anemone, daffodils, freesias, tulips, ranunculus and hyacinth. Plant in a free draining spot or in a pot filled with a free draining potting mix. Choose a mix like Yates Bulb Mix that doesn’t have water storage crystals as these can cause roots to rot. 

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VEGGIE GARDEN

Weed between newly planted seedlings so that they aren’t in competition for light, space and nutrients.

Protect seedlings from slugs and snails by using Quash Slug and Snail Pellets.

Prepare empty veggie beds for green crops by forking the bed and clearing any weeds away. Rake the bed to create a fine seedbed, sow your seeds and then gently rake back and forth until the seeds are mainly covered.

FLOWER GARDEN

Clean out any annuals that are past their best. Deadhead, or remove spent flowers from any flowering plants in your garden. Feed perennials with sheep pellets or a liquid fertiliser such as Kings Fast Food.

FRUIT TREES

Mulch and fertilise fruit trees now to get them ready for next years growing season.

If your trees are in pots make sure that you use Kings Slow Release Citrus Food or a liquid feed, as powdered fertilisers are so strong that they can sometimes damage the roots when used in containers. In the ground use Kings Fruit and Citrus Fertiliser, or for a natural option mulch with Sheep Pellets and liquid feed with Kings Ocean Grow.

FEEDING

It’s a good time to fertilise to make sure that your plants are nice and healthy going into winter. Use Kings 24 Plus for long term feeding or for a natural option, mulch with Sheep Pellets and liquid feed with Kings Ocean Grow.