Monday, April 30, 2018 | Regina Downes | Comments (0)

It’s May and the cooler mornings and evenings are kicking in, it’s beautiful to say the least. 

Get pruning!

As the last few months have provided us with our biggest growing season, shrubs and trees have grown lots and have become tall and leggy. If you haven't began already It’s time to give your shrubs a haircut!

Shrubs that could do with a good prune back now;

  • Hibiscus
  • Murrayas
  • Ixoras
  • Syzygiums
  • Crotons
  • Bougainvilleas
  • Thunbergias
  • Cordylines
  • Alternatheas
  • Dracaenas 
  • Raphis Palm (if its beginning to take over, prune back to ground level to stop it spreading)
  • Investigate & remove any dead or dying Golden cane palms (check for signs of Ganoderma disease)
  • Pull up any palm seedlings that have self seeded in your garden


  • Pennisetums
  • Chrysopogons

Prune back your grasses if they are looking untidy and raggedy looking, prune them right back; roughly 5cm from ground level


Hibiscus cottonwoods (prune branches to create a nice shaped canopy) this tree can and will survive a big hard prune, so don’t be shy!-Also give your other trees a prune if requiring a tidy up after the wet season.-


  • Mimusops
  • Pongamias-remove any lower limbs to create a nice canopy
  • Allosyncarpias
  • Plumeria (Fragipani)
  • Prune off any old branches and any small spindly new branch shoots, only keep the strong branches 

Ground covers;

  • Alternatheas
  • Vitex
  • Ipomea
  • Gardenias
  • Russellias


Give these ground covers a light prune to encourage a bushier plant



Time to ‘TOP UP’

As you will have noticed after the nice big wet season we just had, your potting mix in your pots and the soil in your garden beds will have reduced and composted nicely, so now it’s time to top up the pots and garden beds with some fresh potting mix and garden soil. The rain will have ‘leached out’ all the fertiliser in the soil so make sure you don’t forget to add fertiliser to your soil.

Mulch any garden beds that have soil exposed to the elements, this help prevent weeds growing and will reduce evaporation whilst also keeping the plant cool.


In the Edible patch

This month you can grow;

Mint, Chives, Rocket, Sweet potato, Turmeric, Wing beans, Kang kong, Capsicum, spinach, Eggplant, Pumpkin,Watermelon, Zucchini, Cucumber, Eggplant, Snake beans, Spring onions, Watermelon, Ginger, Capsicum, Basil, Sweet corn & Tomatoes

When you have finished planting your veggie seedlings, make sure you cover the soil around your little seedlings with sugar cane mulch or similar

Feel free to share any comments below if you have any helpful tips or advice when growing herbs and veggies here in the Top End, we would love to read your comments!


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