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Autumn Gardening in New Zealand

March to May in New Zealand can be the perfect time to get some gardening done as the whether is mostly sunny with a cool breeze. There are some specific vegetables and flowers that you grow perfectly in this season and the months after.

What to plant in Autumn

If you are planning on planting some flowers, this is the season to plant pansies, alyssum, violas, polyanthus as they don’t mind cold weather.

Vegetables, fruits and herbs to plant during this time of year include blueberries, bok choi, beetroot, basil, broad beans, carrots, cauliflower, celery, coriander, eggplant, feijoa, kale, lemons, lettuce, lime, onions, oranges, parsley, potatoes, radish, strawberries, sweet corn and broccoli.

This is also the season to do some light pruning on the plants that are ended for the season.

If you would like to know how to plant your own seeds to grow plants, check out our previous blog “How to plant seeds.”

If you want the full seasonal planting guide, Tui has a great planting calendar.

Harvesting already grown crops

If you have planted vegetables or fruit during the previous seasons, now is the time to pick your crops, as they should be fully grown. As soon as your vegetables and fruit are ripe, pick them off your plant, do not leave them on. Picking the ripe crops off the plant will encourage the plant to produce more crops.  

Sowing Seeds

In autumn the lawns are in the right condition for an upgrade. Therefore, this is the best time to sow a new lawn. The first thing you want to do is remove the old withered grass and weeds, then lay a 30mm layer of new soil down. This new soil will fertilize and help give nutrients to your seeds and soil. Next, you will rake and level the soil so when the grass grows, you will have an even surface.

Watering the soil before you lay down the seeds is very important. After doing this, you will scatter the seeds over the lawn and then rake the seeds gently to make sure the seeds are covered. Once this is complete, make sure you keep the soil moist with light watering.

Your grass should grow nicely over the next week or so. Make sure you do not mow the lawn until the grass is 5cm tall. This is to ensure the root is setup. Always read the directions on the grass seed packet, as some steps may vary depending on the seed type.

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