Top ten tips for May Gardening
10 gardening tips for May
- Select a gardening gift for Mother's Day such as a favourite plant, gardening book or maybe a new, colourful watering can. Indoor plants are popular gifts for Mother's Day, such as cyclamens, African violets, and Madonna lilies.
- Enjoy the wonderful colours of autumn foliage. Visit some beautiful gardens in Australia's Open Garden Scheme, especially those in the Southern Highlands, Blue Mountains and Mount Wilson.
- Rake up fallen leaves and add them to your compost bin. Compost is easy to make, totally organic and the best way of conditioning every type of soil. If you haven't got a compost heap, make a special wire bin to hold the leaves.
- Plant spring-flowering annual seedlings, such as pansies, poppies, primulas and polyanthus, for a stunning seasonal show. You might like to try one of the many new varieties available, such as the pansy 'Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow', which comes in shades of blue and white.
- Sow spinach, cabbage and radish seeds in your vegetable garden. You'll get better results if you feed your vegie patch with an organic fertiliser high in nitrogen. And watch out for caterpillars! If you see any, either pick them off by hand or use 'Dipel', an organic insecticide.
- Prepare your garden beds for planting roses. Dig in plenty of well-rotted compost and manure 4-6 weeks before planting. Have a look at some of the many rose varieties available. 'Burgundy Iceberg' is a new, long-flowering rose with a fabulous fragrance and gorgeous colour.
- Plant citrus trees and grow your own vitamin C to ward off winter chills. The new dwarf 'Meyer' lemon is ideal for courtyards, balconies or terraces.
- Prune summer flowering shrubs, such as hydrangea, plumbago and oleander, to give them a nice shape and encourage vigorous growth.
- Select camellias when they're in bloom in your garden centre. Keep them well-watered to extend their flowering period and top up the mulch on all garden beds.
- Be inspired and cultivate your love of gardening at Sydney's Garden and Flowers.