WHAT TO HARVEST
Apples, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Eggplants, Lemons, Mandarins, Mushrooms, Pears, Spinach
PLANT OF THE MONTH
Botanical name: Gardenia augusta
Colour: Creamy White
Gardenias are evergreen shrubs or small trees that feature glossy, deep green leaves and large white rose-like flowers. Gardenias are native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, southern Asia, Australasia and Oceania. This species can be difficult to grow elsewhere because it demands high humidity to thrive and bright (not direct) light. These stunning flowers are famous for their intoxicating fragrance and they love a well-drained, humus-rich, acidic soil in a sunny or partly shaded position.
NEWS FROM THE FARM
Much of Australia’s productive grower regions largely consist of sandy soil profiles with semi desert climate conditions. Due to advanced technology and growing methods such as thermostatically controlled greenhouses, yields for in-ground vegetables can be substantially increased.
Young Sang & Co in Bundaberg with the Cravo system produces 300 tonnes of tomatoes per hectare on average compared to 80 tonnes per hectare in open fields.
Under these intensive conditions, in-ground disease pressures are tremendous and there is a lot of emphasis placed on using biologically active fertilisers such as Organic Booster and Organic Xtra, not only to suppress soil borne plant pathogens but to also to increase cation exchange capacity.
WHAT TO PLANT
Tropical – basil, borage, chicory, coriander, fennel, french tarragon, garlic, ginger, horseradish, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage
Sub Tropical – chicory, coriander, fennel, garlic, oregano
Cool/Temperate – fennel, garlic, oregano, parsley
May is a good time to show your soil some love as you prepare for the cooler months ahead. Pull out leftover summer veggie plants or turn them into the soil. Revitalise the soil with compost and manure. Gather any fallen leaves and add them to your compost heap. And you for lawn – fertilise with Eco88(s). If you take a little time during this month to ready your lawn for the winter season, you will help to ensure its health and vitality and keep it green.
PROGRESS IN YOUR VEGGIE PATCH
Plant loads of winter veggies and herbs to use in stews and soups over the coming months. Nothing beats the flavour of slow cooked fresh herbs! As the weather cools, remove dead fruit from trees to prevent disease spreading. And for those of you in the cooler climates of Australia, you may experience the first damaging effects of frost this month, so why not spend cold or rainy days in the shed making some nice little frost covers? A couple of old garden stakes, some nails and some off cuts of shade cloth will see these covers ready to go when the temperature plummets. Your seedlings will thank you for it!