Jobs for May

May is a fantastic time to be in the garden: the weather begins to warm up and the beds and borders respond to changes in day length and temperature, meaning there are many jobs for the busy gardener.

  1. Now is the time to begin hardening off tender, young plants. Place your plants outside during the day and take them in at night, or alternatively, place them in a cold frame which is opened each morning. Continue to do this for ten days, before planting your plants into the ground.
  2. Open your greenhouse doors and vents each day to ensure good air circulation.
  3. Establish a lawn mowing routine and feed your lawn with nitrogen rich fertiliser.
  4. Sow climbing and dwarf beans.
  5. Watch out for pests on young plants. Pay particular attention to tender growing tips and the undersides of leaves.
  6. Lift and divide congested spring bulbs such as daffodils and tulips.
  7. Check for nesting birds before hedge trimming.
  8. Sow and plant out bedding by the end of the month.
  9. Earth up potatoes when the green growth appears above the soil.
  10. Don’t forget to check the weather and protect tender plants from late frosts by covering them with fleece.

fleecing may 2019

Post written by Jo Chamberlain

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