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May

General Maintenance

  • Spray your greenhouse with shade paint or put up net shading to prevent it from becoming too hot through the summer.
  • Lift any uneven patio stones and level out. The BBQ season is almost upon us!
  • Clean the windows in sheds and summerhouses – you’ll be surprised how much better the building will look!
Composting

Patio and Container Gardening

  • Visit your local garden centre and get those empty containers and baskets planted with summer bedding plants!
  • Dry off containers that are planted with spring bulbs once they have finished flowering.
  • Make sure that your permanent container plants do not go short of water during dry and windy weather.
  • Plant summer flowering bulbs such as Lilies into containers now so that they can be placed in gaps in borders as they start to flower or used to add height to your patio.
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Bulbs and Perennials

  • Give late flowering perennials that include Asters, Sedum, Phlox and Rudbeckia the ‘Chelsea Chop’ by removing two thirds of the new growth. This will make them bushier and produce more flowers later in the year.
  • Take softwood cuttings of Phlox (see above), Penstemon, Cat Mint and Sage to increase your stocks. Continue to dead head Tulips as the petals fall from the flowers.
  • Plant out half hardy perennials such as Salvias, Diascia and Verbena bonariensis once frost is less likely.
  • Pinch out the tips of Fuchsias to make them bush out and produce more flowers on compact, sturdy plants.
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Trees and Shrubs

  • Prune some of the old wood from Forsythia, Ribes and other spring shrubs as soon as they have finished flowering.
  • Prune over grown Camellias hard back if they have grown out of hand.
  • Tie in new growths on climbing and rambling Roses to horizontal supports to encourage flowering side shoots and better coverage of the support.
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Sowing and Planting

  • Continue to plant out summer bulbs such as Gladioli to produce a continuous supply of flowers late in the summer and autumn.
  • Sow Wallflower seed towards the end of the month in a nursery bed for transplanting later on this year.
  • Plant water lilies into aquatic baskets and gradually lower them to the correct depth over a few weeks.
Propagate & Protect range

Lawns

  • Lay turf or seed a new lawn – showery conditions are ideal to complete this project now.


  • Increase the frequency of cutting to once a week if necessary.

  • Lower the blades on your mower for shorter grass through the summer unless the weather is dry or your lawn gets a lot of wear.
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The Vegetable Garden

  • Sow Sweet Corn, French and Runner Bean seed in pots in the greenhouse ready for planting out at the end of the month.
  • Harvest Rhubarb stems that have been forced under jars by gently pulling them away from the crown of the plant.
  • Earth up potatoes as the shoots appear through the soil to protect from frost.
  • Make successional sowings of Peas, Broad Beans and salad crops. Sow Beetroot and Parsnips.
  • Hoe between all crops whenever the ground is suitable to keep weeds at bay.
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Wildlife

  • Collect any large stones and pieces of rock and put them in a pile in a shady part of the garden. They will provide a cool resting place for amphibians including toads and newts.
  • Leave small gaps when building new stone hedges – these provide habitats for all sorts of wildlife.
  • Continue to sow patches of nectar rich annuals in a sunny, sheltered spot to provide food for butterflies, bees and other insects through the summer.
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Garden Planning

  • Mark congested clumps of bulbs that have not flowered well this spring. Lift them once the leaves have died off and divide them up.
  • Check that any lay flat hoses or leaky pipes are working properly to irrigate borders in dry weather.
  • Clean down garden furniture ready for use. Summer is on it's way!
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