Hardy tomatoes can be planted outdoors, but they still will need shelter from strong winds. Photo by Gerard O'Brien. Vegetables French and butter beans can be sown in the open. Place seeds singly, about 15cm apart and 5cm deep. Runner beans for growing up trellises or on frames can be sown now in a sunny spot.
Vegetables Think ahead to spring and start improving heavy, clay-based soil by digging it roughly so different levels are exposed to winter frosts, winds, rain and sun.
Vegetables Given rich soil, zucchini, marrows and pumpkin are easily grown in the home garden, although in cooler districts pumpkins need a hot, dry summer to do well.
Gardening at this time of the year is limited, as the winter's worst weather usually comes in July and August.
Learn what care your garden needs as May continues.
• Vegetables Raising plants from seed is cost-effective and gives greater choices than buying plants. Planting is usually done at twice the depth of the seed but during dry weather it should be...
Vegetables By now, cooler areas may well have had a touch of frost but in all regions carrots, being cold-tolerant, can be left in the ground until August. Lettuce can be sown from now until...
Vegetables Raising plants from seed is cost-effective and gives greater choices than buying plants from garden centres.
Vegetables Cabbage, cauliflower and silverbeet stalks should be cleared from the ground once the plants have been harvested.
Vegetables Gardeners can be seduced by mild weather at this time of year, as the temptation is to sow seeds in open ground, even though the soil is cold and wet.