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Monthly Jobs - May

INFORMATION

Jobs for May...

May is probably the best month in the garden as everything starts to take shape, especially the perennials that begin to fill the borders again.

Late Spring blossoming trees provide colour and lots of planting and care can get under way.

GREENHOUSE

  • Plant out Tomatoes in an unheated greenhouse.
  • Continue to sow hardy annuals and vegetable seeds.
  • Beware of cold nights – be ready with the heater!
  • Earth up Early Potatoes.

VEGETABLES

  • Sow many vegetable varieties now.
  • Plant out vegetable plants but protect from cold and slugs.
  • Keep the weeds down between rows.
  • Plant Asparagus, early Potatoes and Shallots.

LAWNS

  • Sow a new lawn.
  • Mow the lawn, weekly if required.
  • Keep the weeds down between rows.
  • Earth up Early Potatoes

FLOWERS

The Garden Centre is bulging at the sides with trees, shrubs, flowers, fruit and vegetables ready to be planted now.

  • Harden off bedding plants in a cold frame or put outside in the day and bring inside at night.
  • Beware of slugs!
  • Purchase from our range of annual hanging basket plants and plant up your own baskets and tubs but keep in the greenhouse till frosts have gone.

FRUIT

  • Plant all types or tree and bush fruit now.
  • Harvest Rhubarb.
  • Spray fungicide for mildew, especially Gooseberries and for Peach leaf curl.
  • Mulch Strawberries to keep off pests.

TOP TIPS

  • Feed everywhere to put nutrients back into the soil, after the rainy seasons we have had.
  • Plant out Rhododendrons and Roses now.
  • Cover particular plants with fleece at sign of frost, e.g. Acers, Pieris and bedding plants.
  • Watch out for greenfly and spray if necessary.

PLANTS LOOKING GOOD THIS MONTH

  • Fruit Trees
  • Ornamental Cherries
  • Wisteria
  • Hostas
  • Ceanothus
  • Magnolia