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Planting Calendar

Friday, May 22, 2009

May in your garden

It's Winter preparation time. Prepare the soils before it gets boggy by cultivating mulch now, or get the chickens over the beds, in order to be ready for winter planting in a few weeks.

Raised bed gardens are good over winter especially for heavy, wet soils. The soil remains warmer and looser than flat open-ground gardens.

Mulch fruit trees after leaf fall to compost down all the old leaves and help break disease cycles. Remove mummified fruits from stone-fruit trees for same reason. Prune back kiwifruit, boysenberries, raspberries. Prune grapes right back to a few buds on each spur.

Over-crowded perennials or those which have lacked vigour during the past season should be divided and replanted. Take lots of cuttings.

Tree planting – get the hardy trees in, providing it has rained and the soil is moist. July is best for planting deciduous trees and October better for frost tender trees. Prepare any trees for relocating over winter. Only move trees that have only been in a for a year or so otherwise it’s a really big job.

Feijoas, persimmons, late apples and pears, olives, tamarillos. raspberries, lemon balm, garlic chives, ginger, strawberries, marjoram, red yams, parsnips, kumara.

Warmer areas: (if the soils are reasonable warm) cabbage, cauliflower, onion, peas, radish, silver beet, spinach, turnip.

Cooler areas: leave planting until spring 

For more of what to plant in your climatic zone, click here

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