What to Grow in May (Temperate Climate Australia)

by Corinne Mossati

What to Grow in May (Temperate Climate Australia): a list of vegetables, fruit, herbs, edible flowers and my Garden Cocktail of the Month.

What to Grow in May

What to Grow in May – Photo © The Gourmantic Garden

It may have been a slow start to autumn in Sydney’s temperate climate but the last few days have seen a fair share of rain and cooler temperatures. The BOM has been predicting rain up to 60mm on some days but thankfully this part of Sydney hasn’t had a deluge. While eggplants are still producing, cucamelons are still abundant and the odd dwarf tomato is bearing fruit, it’s time to start planting for winter before the temperature drops and the soil is too cold.

What to Grow in May: Vegetables, Fruit, Herbs & Edible Flowers

Leafy Greens

Leafy Greens in Autumn Colours – Photo © The Gourmantic Garden

What to Grow in May: Vegetables & Fruit

  • Beetroot
  • Bok choy
  • Broad beans
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Choy sum
  • Florence fennel
  • Garlic
  • Kailaan
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Mibuna
  • Mizuna
  • Mustard greens
  • Onion
  • Pak choi
  • Peas
  • Radish
  • Rocket
  • Silverbeet
  • Snow peas
  • Spinach
  • Spring onion
  • Strawberry runners
  • Swede
  • Turnip


  • Chives
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary

Viola – Photo © The Gourmantic Garden

What to Grow in May: Edible Flowers

  • Alyssum
  • Cornflower
  • Dianthus
  • Nigella
  • Pansy
  • Viola

Garden Cocktail of the Month: May – Tequila, Pineapple & Jalapeño Shrub Highball

Garden Cocktail of the Month

May’s Garden Cocktail of the Month is one that I presented during my Talk, Demo & Tasting on International Permaculture Day. You can catch the photo highlights here and on Instagram. This shrub was very popular with the guests who attended my talk. Shrubs are a wonderful way of preserving and drinking your garden produce. You can get 20 shrub recipes and cocktail templates on my 60+ page digital book SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS.

Cheers to enjoying garden cocktails in May!

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