With May just around the corner, it’s time to start looking at gardening jobs for the month to help ensure your garden design is the best it can be in the lead up to Summer!
May is the month when Spring turns into Summer and for the gardener there is much work to be done but whilst it seems that it’s the time for everything to go outside, there is still a chance of a frost in May, so keep a fleece handy to cover any new growth if a frost is forecast.
A lot of the plants that you have been growing on in the greenhouse can now be planted outside. Your cabbages, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli can now be planted out, although it’s a good idea to cover them with fleece or net to prevent the caterpillars appearing. Check the underside of the leaves daily for little white spots (caterpillar eggs) and brush them off if you see them. Continue to earth your potatoes on a daily basis too, and plant your second early’s and main crop.
In the greenhouse, continue to sow lettuces, radishes and your summer bedding plants, so you can have a continuous supply all summer. Now is also the time to plant your herbs ready for those bbq’s and salads. Herbs can be grown in a container or a bed and as long as they are in a sunny position with well draining soil, they will grow quickly and soon be ready to use.
May can be a very warm month as well as having a few cold snaps, so make sure your greenhouse and cold frames are well ventilated and don’t allow any of your young plants to dry out. It’s a good idea to check them twice a day. A good tip is to keep a watering can full of water in the greenhouse so that the water is warm when you water your seedlings and does not give them too much of a shock.
Also make sure your containers and hanging baskets are watered daily. If you have planted new trees or bushes in the garden, make sure they are given a good soaking once a week.
At this time of year, the lawn will need regular attention and again if there is a dry spell, keep any new lawn well watered and if your lawn is suffering from weeds use a weed killer to remove them. Now is the time to sow new lawn and repair bare patches.
On the subject of weeds, they will now be in full growth mode. Weed on a little and often basis to keep them under control as once they have taken over a flower bed it is a hard job to get rid of them. You may wish to use a weed killer and there are plenty on the market, depending on where you have issue with weeds.
If you grow fruit then make sure your bushes are in good shape and prune if not. Place straw under your strawberry plants to help prevent slugs and keep them clean and prune any fig trees you may have.