The Garden Diaries: New Zealand in May

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The Garden Diaries: New Zealand in May

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May is a very good time to be in the garden in New Zealand. The days are a little shorter, but the soil is still warm and if there’s been some rain, it makes work nice and easy. Here’s a check list of things you could be doing in your garden.

Hero plant this month: Camellias

Good plants to be putting in the ground this month in New Zealand are camellias. They’re very hardy, they survive winter very well and they flower all through to spring.  When they’re not producing beautiful blooms they have a dark green glossy foliage. They will shrug off a light frost, but depending on the variety, they do need some shade, especially for when the sun and heat return.

A camellia with a bee sitting on it

What else to plant

It’s also a great time to be putting in bulbs for spring flowering. While it’s cooler, there are still lots of different edibles you can plant in your garden. Vegies like beetroot, broccoli, cabbages and carrots will all work well at this time.

Consider planting strawberries too, as they’ll establish sooner and that means fruit earlier. If you’re unsure what to do come into your local Bunnings and talk to one of our friendly garden experts.

Different varieties of flower bulbs

Maintenance

May is a good time for pruning flowering shrubs such as hydrangeas and trees. 

Autumn to winter growth is slow, but plants still need a bit of help. So feed herbs and winter greens once a month with an organic seaweed tonic. This will help build plant resilience and promote strong root growth.

Don’t forget to feed planted bulbs too so they will give you loads of flowers in spring.

A person pruning dead flowers off a plant

Harvest

The cooler New Zealand climate means there’s many things you can harvest in May. Things such as pumpkin, passionfruit, rocket, apples and beetroot are all great this time of year. 

In May there’s loads to do in the garden in New Zealand, so get out there now and give it a go and the rewards come spring will be well worth it.

A variet of fruit and vegies

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