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May Vegetable and Herb Gardening Calendar for Temperate Climate Australia

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Australia – Temperate climate zones

May is the last month of autumn, when the weather starts cooling down, but there are still sunny days. More rainy weather is expected in Perth and Adelaide, where it may rain for half the month. Cold windy days are expected in the southern states, with some strong winds in Melbourne.

This is a time for pruning, taking cuttings for propagation, dividing perennials, and planting new trees, shrubs and vines. The soil is still warm enough for moving and relocating plants around the garden.

It’s also the time to clean up the garden, to remove all the dead and dried leaves, branches and plants, which is a great source of organic matter for mulching and composting!

Things to Do This Month:

Vegetables and Herbs to Grow in April (Temperate Climate)

May Seeds to Sow and Seedlings to Plant
(Temperate Climate Australia)
Sow/PlantHarvest (weeks)
Broad Beansdst12-22
Coriander (Cilantro)dst30-45
Corn Saladd5-8
Garlicplant cloves17-25
Mustard Greensdst5-8
Pak Choydst6-11
Rocketd21-35 days
Snow Peasdst12-14
Spring Onions (Bunching Onions)st6-10
Swedes (Rutabaga)t10-14

d = sow seeds directly into ground
s = sow seeds into seed tray
ds = sow seeds directly into ground or seed tray
t = transplant seedlings (small plants) into larger pots or plant into ground
*= frost tender
**= sow after frost

Download printable PDF version of Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – May

To help improve these garden calendars, feedback and additional information from readers is greatly appreciated! Australia’s climate varies considerably, and local knowledge of when particular things need to be done in the garden are most helpful to others living in those area, so please feel free to share.

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