The Garden Diaries: Western Australia in May

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It’s May in WA and winter is just around the corner. Despite not feeling the cold as much as other parts of Australia, the garden will be starting to slow down but there’s still plenty to do to keep your garden fighting fit through the colder months.

Hero plant this month: Phalaenopsis orchid

As things get a bit cooler outside it could be a good idea to think about bringing your garden inside and adding instant colour to your living area with a phalaenopsis orchid. These plants need to be positioned in a warm spot, out of direct sunlight, and the flowers will last for months. The brilliant thing about these orchids is there are so many different colours for you to choose from. 

But it’s not all about indoors. There’s also a huge range of potted colour to plant in your garden this May. Plants like chrysanthemums, cyclamens and pansies and violas all flower prolifically and will bring lots of joy and colour your garden.

Different varieties of orchids

What else to plant

 Now’s also a great time to think about growing some edibles and starting your very own herb garden. Some of the varieties to think about planting at this time of year include parsley, oregano and coriander. Remember all of these guys prefer a nice sunny position.  

If it’s vegies that you prefer, now’s also a good time to start your own vegie garden. Broadbeans, broccoli and spinach are great options this time of year, but there’s also a lot more vegie seeds in-store for you to choose from. If you need any advice on what to plant now, pop into your local Bunnings for all the expert advice you need.

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Maintenance

If you love roses, May is a great time to start preparing your soil for them. Choose a nice, well lit position that gets at least six hours of sunlight a day and make sure you give your tired soil a lift by adding manures and composts. Then let the soil settle for about a month before planting. This will give your roses the best chance to flourish during spring.   

May is also a good time of year to start thinking about tidying up your garden beds as well by removing any dead branches and dead heads in any flowering perennials. 

So get outdoors this weekend and get stuck into your garden. It’s great way to get some free exercise and it’s also great for the garden.

A person pruning a garden

Harvest

If you’re already growing your own vegies at home, there should be plenty of things to harvest for the table at this time of year. Things like mizuna and other lettuce varieties are ready to pick. Don’t forget the rhubarb – perfect for pies during the colder months.

A mix of herbs and vegetables

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