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Planting Guide Index

  Mulch Pit Monthly Planting Plus Guide

At the Mulch Pit, we're learning as we go along. Learn with us here as we discover the best things to plant, pick, prune and prepare for each month of the year in our Tropical Permaculture Garden.

Please add to this growing knowledge bank by commenting on the entries below (coming soon!) and by joining us for hands-on learning in the Pit.


Entries in May Tropical Planting Guide (1)


For the month of May.....


  • Plant coriander in rows each week as it grows only this time of year.
  • Tomatoes should be planted by the end of the month.  Try cherry tomatoes for less pests.
  • When corn has reach 10cm high, underplant with butternut pumpkin, rockmelon or watermelon to take over after corn harvest.
  • Plant rocket in a semi-shaded position and feed well for a milder flavour.
  • Harvest your peanuts before the ground gets too dry and diseases move in.


  • Loop two lengths of 50mm PVC piping over your figs and throw netting over the top


  • After laying your mulch this month, cover it with chicken wire to keep scrub fowls at bay.

Prepare and Provide

  • Prune back trees to give your vegie garden extra sun.
  • Give young citrus plants a light dose of fruit tree fertiliser.
  • Thin out seedlings of lettuce, rocket, basil and parsley.
  • If you haven't already, check your irrigation.  Clean sprinkler heads, ensure water pressure is equal allong the irrigation line, flush the pipes to clean of alll sand, dirty and ants and check joins for invasive tree roots.
  • Feed the vegie garden with organic fertiliser every 4 to 6 weeks and herbs with liquid fertiliser every two weeks.
  • Replenish mulch where needed.

(Sources: Gardening Australia 2010 and 2011; Top End Gardening, Environment Centre NT)