May In The Garden – Chasing Crusoe.

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May – officially the last month of Autumn in New Zealand. šŸ‚

I’m loving being outside while the temperature is still mild, surrounded by beautiful Autumn colours & the most amazing sunrises & sunsets.
Even though it is cooling down, there are still p-l-e-n-t-y of options of what to grow:

Beetroot, Blueberries, Bok Choi, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Kale, Lettuce, Parsley, Parsnip, Peas, Radish, Rhubarb, Rocket, Silver beet and Spinach

My top 5 in the garden for May are…

1)Beetroot.

Beetroot are so versatile. Baby leaves can be used in salads, they can be grated into various dishes, you can juice them, roast them…

This is Globe variety.

Pop them in a sunny spot and they are so easy to grow!

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2)Brassicas – Broccoli, Cauliflower & Cabbage.

I have still seen white butterflies hovering around so I made makeshift covers for my brassicas to avoid eggs & then caterpillars causing destruction. I bought netting from Mitre 10, draped it over cut down bamboo shoots and secured the sides to the ground with rocks – basic but effective. šŸ™‚

I’m growing standard Green Dragon Broccoli aswell as Purple Broccoli and standard Cannonball Cabbages. I love all the varieties to try! What are your favourites?

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3) Broad beans.

I rescued 24 Broad beans, reduced to clear for $2.40, from a garden centre. They were so dry and root bound and I didn’t hold much hope. But here they are thriving in a sunny spot and slowly climbing.

I’m really looking forward to trying these in Spring – Broad beans are definitely making a come back!

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4) Leeks.

My leeks are through & thriving in the sun – they are Cardiff variety which are great performers. It’s time for some weeding and to gently place mulch around them as they grow bigger and stronger.

I will have to come up with lots of great pie & soup recipes to use all these delicious leeks we will hopefully have.

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5) Dianthus.

Such a pretty flower! I planted alternating flowers on either side of the pathway through my vege garden – love it!

They aren’t frost sensitive so should last through the cold months ahead to Spring. They are best in full sun, very hardy and versatile – perfect for pots or borders aswell.

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I’d love to hear what you have got growing in your garden this month. šŸ™‚

~Rebecca

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