May Moon Calendar

MAY 2022

NEW MOON 1st May

Garden

    • Prepare garlic, shallot and tree onion beds, manure and compost well, make sure the beds are very free draining
    • Prepare any other beds you have the energy to double dig or U Bar. This is a good month for bed preparation to help avoid stress in spring. The more aerated the soil is over the winter the easier it will be in spring. The best compost crop for keeping the soil aerated over winter is Vetch and broad beans. Vetch needs warmth to germinate
    • Direct sow rocket, cornsalad, ruruhau, Borecole, Mustard lettuce and mizuna under cloche to eat as fresh salad greens (mesclun) over winter
    • Sow violas, pansies, heartsease, poppies and snap dragons for Spring flowering
    • Last chance to plant lupins and other compost crops
    • Plant broad beans into trays and transplant when first leaves appear
    • Plant brassicas now – broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauli etc for early Spring transplanting
    • Transplant last of the winter veges and flowers

Perennials

    • Now is a good time to go onto the Koanga website shop to check out perennials such potatoes (perennials but grown as annuals) , garlic etc before they run out. They only come into stock when we are clear of amounts so put your name on the wait lists for products you are interested in.
    • Prepare beds for strawberries and transplant

Temperate Forest garden

    • Clean up orchard herbal ley and Mediterranean herb banks, replanting if necessary
    • Last chance to plant subterranean clover and alfalfa in orchard herbal ley
    • Last chance to get drainage, fencing, shifting of compost and mulch in preparation for tree planting  next month done
    • Tree paste fruit tree trunks

 

FIRST QUARTER 9th May

Garden

    • Plant compost/carbon crops for winter
    • Plant strawberry runners
    • Plant winter salad greens under Microclima or cloches or cold frames
    • Transplant flowers for early spring flowering, heartsease, snap dragons, calendula larkspur, love in a mist, hollyhock
    • Feed all brassicas, celery, beetroot salad greens that need it while the soil is still warm and active

Temperate Forest Garden

    • Feed citrus well now, manure, seaweed, rock phosphate, dolomite and mulch
    • weed eat drains now to facilitate good water flow in winter 

FULL MOON 16th May

Garden

    • Feed three days after full moon if necessary
    • In warmer areas this is the last chance to sow carrots and beetroot before spring
    • Plant Garlic, Tree Onions, Shallots, Potato Onions
    • Make compost heaps with all the autumn weeds and material available  to be ready for your Spring garden
    • Mulch any vege beds not planted in compost crops to avoid a weed nightmare next Spring
    • If May continues warm and dry double dig any beds that need it for early spring crops and plant lupins only now.

Temperate Forest Garden

    • Finish planting spring bulbs
    • Begin wrenching any trees for shifting this winter after the first rain, wrenching one side only this month
    • Fertilise forest garden and or compost mulch spread ramial wood chip

LAST QUARTER 23rd May 

Garden

    • In warmer areas last chance to weed beds and prepare for winter, transplanting last seedlings or sowing the last compost crops
    • Cover compost heaps to avoid water logging over winter
    • Make sure all chooks ducks and small animals have adequate housing for winter
    • Drag out your cloches and cold frames to cover salad crops or keep them growing over winter
    • Prepare garlic beds if planting on the solstice

Perennials

    • Plant strawberries if not already in

Temperate Forest Garden

    • Second root wrench now in preparation for removing any fruit trees that need taking out before it gets too wet
    • Begin preparing ground for planting fruit trees next month
    • Make sure any necessary orchard fencing is finished before planting starts
    • Finalise winter planting plans
    • Good time to plant support species if you have them now
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NEW MOON 30th May

Garden

    • Collect seed catalogues and inspirational books so you can dream about next season’s garden
    • Great time to do some learning so you keep getting things better and better. Check out our publications and website knowledgebase
    • Spend time on fine days just looking around the garden, observing and remembering what worked, what didn’t, what changes you may like to make
    • If you haven’t already got them draw up some blanks of maps of your garden beds so you can more easily plan next season’s garden

Perennials

    • Mulch well for winter

Temperate Forest Garden

    • low root activity now
    • good time to check all tree labels  
    • plant your fruit trees
    • Apply tree paste to trunk structure to feed tree