In The Veggie Patch
|In our busy worlds that are filled with concrete, asphalt and screens, plants help us to reconnect with nature as we enjoy the delights of new growth, colour and ever changing freshness. There is plenty to be achieved in the garden during May as we prepare for the coming winter days.
Adding a nice thick layer of mulch to garden beds now will help keep the soil warmer, help to suppress weeds and have gardens looking great.Pea Straw mulch is particularly good in vegetable, herb and flower beds. With high nutrient value and filled with organic matter, these mulches encourage earthworms to be working with us as they aerate and purify the soil.
Now is an excellent time to plant broccoli, broad beans, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, lettuce, leeks, kale, turnips. Our fresh locally grown Tasmanian garlic has been hugely popular and are still available to plant out now. If you have a warm protected position you can also consider sowing an early crop of pea seed and in frost free areas a patch of Pinkeye seed potatoes. Add a layer of mulch as the leaves emerge to help protect the potatoes from frost.
Be sure to harvest basil and pumpkins before frost strikes. Tomato plants can be pulled from the ground and hung upside down in a protected place allowing the green fruit to continue ripening.
The days are now noticeably shorter, and the changes of the season are all around us. Deciduous ornamental trees are beginning to shed their displays of autumn foliage and the landscapes around us are being transformed. There are lots of flowering annuals to plant now to continue a fabulous colour display as winter approaches.
|Did you know?
Most hydrangeas form their flowers on second year
growth. So as we prune we need to follow some simple steps. Cutting back too
much of the established wood will increase shoot development, but it will
also reduce the number of flowers on your hydrangea.