Here are some of the fruits, vegies and herbs to get in the ground now, and tips to help you keep your edible plants thriving.
- Plant broad beans which enrich the soil with nitrogen, into beds depleted by summer tomatoes.
- Remove shrivelled, mummified fruit that’s still holding onto stems.
- Pot up a fruiting olive tree – these long-lived trees may survive to be passed down to your grandchildren.
- Sow climbing peas next to a sun-drenched but sheltered support in areas that won’t get heavy frosts at flowering time.
- Prune fruiting figs to keep them at a manageable size that’s easily covered by pest-proof netting.
- Spray peaches and nectarines with a copper fungicide immediately after leaf drop to treat leaf curl.
- Prepare a trench-shaped planting bed and enrich it with plenty of manure so that it’s ready for planting asparagus when winter arrives.
- Set up fruit-fly baits in citrus trees to protect early-ripening varieties such as mandarin, grapefruit and Navel orange.
- Sow lettuce seeds every few weeks to provide continuous picking through late winter and spring.
- Plant winter-happy herbs such as sage, coriander, oregano, thyme and rosemary.
You’ll find more than 50 gardening jobs or projects to do this month, including harvesting ginger rhizomes, getting ready for frost and preparing the garden for planting roses, in the May 2021 issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine, out now.