WHAT TO DO IN THE GAR­DEN THIS MONTH

Gar­den­ing ex­pert Dale Vine shares his must-do list for May.

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PLANT NOW:

May is a great time to plant linaria. A rel­a­tive of snap­drag­ons, linaria (or fairy bou­quet) is an eas­ily grown win­ter and springflow­er­ing an­nual that has a rel­a­tively long flow­er­ing

a few weeks. be en­cour­aged

to flower fur­ther by cut­ting them back af­ter the first blooms. Linaria have shal­low root sys­tems so will hap­pily grow un­der other plants and in any bare gar­den ar­eas that need fill­ing. Linaria are quick grow­ing and also great for pots, so grab some seeds and give them a go!

PLANT NOW

Ar­ti­choke (suck­ers), broad beans, chives, gar­lic bulbs, let­tuce, onion, pak choy, shal­lots and spinach can all be planted now. If you are start­ing a vegie patch now, make sure it’s in a po­si­tion of full sun as this will be vi­tal for your ve­g­ies’ growth, es­pe­cially over the cooler months.

HAR­VEST NOW

Beet­root, broc­coli, cab­bage, cau­li­flower, cu­cum­ber, egg­plant, leeks, squash and turnips can all be picked now. It will be get­ting to­wards the end of the grow­ing sea­son for some ve­g­ies, es­pe­cially in colder re­gions. Broc­coli is one of th­ese so en­joy your har­vest – I like to add mine to a good spag bol.

Pak choy Onion

Turnips

Squash

Cau­li­flower

Gar­lic

Broc­coli

Shal­lots

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