May in the garden...
There is loads to be getting on with in May in the garden whether you are looking to potter around or take on a bigger project there will always something to be done. Make sure you keep an eye on the forecast, we can still get a few late touches of frost!
•Plant summer bedding... It’s time to fill those hanging baskets, tubs and borders with summer bedding plants. But be on guard to protect from any late frosts.
•Prune spring-flowering shrubs. When shrubs such as flowering currants and Forsythia have finished flowering, prune straight away.
•Plant out most vegetable plants – but again be sure the risk of frost has passed. Plants such as tomatoes, courgettes, runner and french beans can be planted out once it’s warm enough. Harden them off to be sure they’re ready.
•Plant tomatoes into their grow bags once they have their first set of flowers.
•Remember to keep ‘earthing up’ your potatoes as they grow to keep them well covered.
•Keep removing runners from your strawberry plants to keep the main plant vigorous.
•Keep on top of weeding. Unfortunately, as the temperatures rise, so does the growth of weeds. Little and often is best to keep up.
•Keep watering! Even if the temperatures aren’t scorching yet, it’s vital to keep watering newly planted trees, shrubs and perennials all the way through their first year after planting out.