Monday, 4 May 2015

In My Garden In May, 2015

"When you see the world as part of yourself, you will take care of it.  When you see yourself as part of the world, you will be taken care of."

We ended April with heavy rain that will be very good for the garden. The hot, sultry days have passed making it possible to enjoy mornings and afternoons spent in the garden. I hope wherever you are, you have found some time to spend in the garden connecting with nature.

Here is my list of things I would like to do this month in the great outdoors.

In general

While I need to make sure my lychee tree does not dry out, I can taper back the water on the plum tree as it defoliates. The passionfruit can be watered less now too.

This year I will remember not to worry if the leaves on my gardenia plants start to yellow. Apparently this is a normal reaction to cold weather and once the warm weather returns the leaves will green up again.


I would like to plant some bush bean seeds and some lettuce seedlings.


I have some citrus gall that I would like to prune out of my trees. 


May is the month  I apply compost to our choko vine to give it a bit of a boost. It has been flowering and tiny fruit are forming. I didn't manage to fertilise the mango trees last month so hopefully I will get it done this month.

Pests and Diseases

I will check the lychee for erinose mite. If I do find any signs of the mite I will try a spray made from Lux flakes. Gardener (and local government Councillor), Tom Wyatt talks about erinose mite in this video. 

What are you planning to do in the garden during May? 


  1. We certainly had a rain event. Wish I could grow chokoes successfully, they either frost or die through lack of water.

    1. The first two we planted died. The next one we planted the right way up, and surprise, surprise, it grew! Really they should come with arrows showing which way points down. LOL.

  2. We are too far south for mangoes - having mango trees in the back yard is my concept of paradise.

    1. They are the most wonderful fruit and it is such a blessing to be able pick our own. Don pruned our biggest mango tree the other week so we won't have any fruit from it for awhile but we have more than one tree so that is ok.

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  4. Hi Sherri, I didn't know that about the yellow gardenia leaves. I always thought I was doing something wrong.
    I have planted some lettuce seedlings. I have them surrounded by egg shells to try and keep the snails away. And each morning I go out and pull off a couple of green caterpillars! Lucky I only have a small crop. Love the look of your garden, room for lots of lovely trees. Xx

    1. I used to think there was something wrong with my gardenia when the leaves went yellow. I used to give them more water and feed them and then I read an article that said something along the lines of don't worry that is what gardenia's do and the leaves will green up again in the warm weather. I made a note of it so I wouldn't worry every winter that I was doing something wrong. Thanks for the tip about the egg shells around the lettuce seedlings.