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Thursday, 27 April 2017

May Gardener’s Calendar

Lilac is in bloom
Here are a few sugestions of what you can be getting on with in the garden this month.

  • Prepare hanging baskets under cover.
  • Add slow release feed to pots now so they stay fresh.
  • Remove the dead flowers off your daffs.
  • Mulch any newly planted tree and plants to help retain moisture.
  • Don’t put off planting out your sweet peas any longer.
  • Antirrhinums can go outside.
  • Keep spraying your roses every 2 weeks.
  • Hoe the weeds now to keep them at bay.
  • If you have not staked tall plants do it now before they grow tall.
  • Uses container and basket compost for your hanging baskets which contains feed and moisture retaining properties or try the wool compost excellent at retaining moisture.
  • When we are clear of frost you can plant out summer bedding.
  • As your alpines finish give them a little hair cut and top them up with some compost and they should give you more flower.
  • Plant a second crop of root vegetables such as carrots and parsnips.
  • Continue to fill the gaps in your garden with container grown herbaceous plants shrubs and trees. 
  • Pot on your tomatoes under cover and remember to remove the side shoots and feed.
  • Earth up your potatoes.
  • Basil and coriander can be easily seeded every few weeks in containers for a continuous cheap supply. 
  • Start planting marrows and pumpkins as the weather warms. It’s also time for runner and French beans all need staking with cains.
  • Feed your fruit trees and bushes.
  • Clip and trim hedges.
  • Prune spring flowering shrubs when they finish flowering
  • Tie up and secure your climbers if you have not done so.
  • Spray for pest and diseases now before they become a problem, thats apids about to arrive, slugs and black spot on roses!

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