Believe it or not summer is fast approaching, and May is always a busy time for gardeners. Here are some top tips for jobs to be getting on with this month.
- Start planting out tender plants such as cannas, and dahlias.
- May is also a good time to start sowing outdoor vegetable and salad such as carrots, swedes, spinach, beans and lettuce.
- Keep an eye on the weather forecast this month. Always ensure vulnerable plants are protected from late frosts.
- Mulch around newly planted trees and shrubs to reduce weeds and retain moisture.
- Utilise your compost heap and keep adding fresh garden refuse to it. It should be kept damp, and frequent turning is a must so your garden waste is turned into flower food a lot quicker.
- Continue to remove weeds from your garden as they attract pests and diseases, which can attack your plants.
- Watch out for late frosts. Protect tender plants
- Earth up potatoes, and promptly plant any still remaining
- Plant out summer bedding at the end of the month (except in cold areas)
- Collect rainwater and investigate ways to recycle water for irrigation
- Check for nesting birds before clipping hedges
- Pour boiling water along open seed drills before sowing vegetables. It will kill soil borne pests and weed seeds, getting the seedlings off to a good start
- Water plants growing at the base of walls where the soil tends to remain dry even when it is raining
- Where there are mature ash, beech and sycamore growing, seedling trees will appear all over the garden. Remove them as soon as you see them a they quickly grow to an unmanageable size
- Erect fine mesh or fleece screens around young carrots to keep the carrot fly from laying its eggs close to the crop
More gardening jobs next month ....