Jobs to do in the garden in May– prepping, planting and pests!
It’s a hectic time of year for garden enthusiasts – and one loaded with benefit! Time to get your hands filthy with sowing, planting and potting but there are a few early morsels to be selected and consumed too. Here’s your May garden order of business …
It’s spring! The sun is out! The April showers have offered your garden the increase it has to get growing, so now is the time to do a little bit of prep work to reap the benefits all summer, however with a lot to do in the garden in May, what is top of the concern list?
With spring in full swing and summer season around the corner, it’s a busy time for gardeners putting in preparations for a gorgeous summer garden. Seeds ought to be sown, vegetables and flowers need to be planted, and yards should be provided some tender loving care to guarantee they are looking luscious and well-nourished for warm days spent outdoors.
David Bautista, the buyer of box bed linen, hanging baskets and planted containers at Wyevale Garden Centres, shares his gardening tasks of the month, helping you to get one action better to your dream garden.
1. Prep your pots
Plant up your outside pots and summer season hanging baskets, however, keep them in a greenhouse or patio for a couple of weeks to develop, before putting them outside. Establishing the plants encourages roots to grow out and increase their drought tolerance which indicates they will be able to withstand the drier months ahead.
2. Filled with beans
Start sowing runner, dwarf and climbing French beans. All beans appreciate an abundant, deep, well-drained soil in a warm position, so before sowing ensure you dig over your plot to clear any rocks and large stones and dig in a reasonable amount of compost or well-rotted farmyard manure to motivate the beans to grow.
3. Quench crops’ thirst
Now that the weather is warming up it’s essential to water thirsty crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and courgettes frequently. Make sure that the soil or compost stays wet however is not waterlogged and take care to water the ground around the plant and not the leaves.
4. Mulch beds and borders
Not only does mulching lock in the soil’s moisture and enhance its texture, but it also works to suppress weeds. By covering the ground with mulch, weed seeds struggle to come into contact with the soil when they land; this, combined with their deprivation of light ways they can not sprout and are prevented from growing. Ensure you apply enough mulch (around 2-3 inches) and make sure that the mulch is not pushed too tight up against your plants.
5. Watch out for insects!
It’s essential to check plants regularly for insects. Pay very close attention to shoot tips to check for pests, such as capsid bugs, as well as the underside of leaves which can attract aphids, mealy bugs, red spider mites, and thrips. There are a lot of methods to ward off those annoying bugs in an eco and wildlife friendly method without triggering damage to your plants.
6. Love your lawn
Apply nitrogen-rich summer feed to your yard to motivate leafy growth. May is the best time of year to do this as the longer daytime hours and warmer soil create the ideal conditions for the lawn to grow. Constantly fertilize your lawn after mowing to prevent disturbing the fertilizer on the surface.
7. Grow stunning Foxgloves
Tall, striking and graceful, foxgloves are the perfect plant for the back of a border in dappled shade. While they choose damp soil, they will tolerate a dry area, especially if you give them a generous mulch of dried bark in spring. Maturing to 2 meters, they look spectacular grown alongside a hedge or in a circle a specimen tree.