Garden Jobs for May
May can be an unpredictable month. The chances of having a frost one week and a mini heatwave the next is quite probable. Having said that, there are plenty of jobs that we can still crack on with - just watch the weather forecasts and be mindful of any cold weather.
"A wet and windy May fills the barn with grain and hay"
After all risks of frost has passed, plant out dahlia tubers, cannas etc.
Plant up your summer hanging baskets but keep them inside in a greenhouse, porch or conservatory for a few weeks. This will allow them time to establish before hanging outdoors.
Again, after all of the frosts have gone, plant out tender annuals like sunflowers and cosmos.
During the daytime, harden off bedding plants that you have grown indoors - but remember to bring them in at night!
Fruit & Vegetables
'Earth up' your potatoes to protect them from frost and daylight. Cover their shoots with soil as they appear.
Sow things like dwarf beans, runner beans - once all signs of frost has passed.
Sow salad leaves and spring onions. For a longer, continuous crop, sow a small amount every few weeks.
Pick rhubarb stems to encourage crop growth. Enjoy the fruits of your labour in a pie or crumble. Alternatively, we have a great recipe for Rhubarb & Ginger Jam. Remember - the large, green leaves are poisonous so compost them instead.
As the weather warms up, water crops like tomatoes, cucumbers and courgettes.
Stabilise tomatoes, cucumbers, gherkins and cucamelons using canes and netting. This allows them to scramble and grow.
On warm days, open greenhouse doors and/or vents. Remember to close them in the evening!
And also ...
Before you grab the hedge cutters and you start to prune and cut back, check shrubs, hedges and trees for nesting birds.
Regularly feed the birds - who will be nesting and feeding. make sure they have plenty of water too.
Continue to deadhead tulips and the last of the daffodils.
Weed borders rather than using weedkiller as it can be harmful to bees.