May

The sun is coming out - time to get in the garden

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May is one of the busiest months in the gardening calendar, with plants catching up from their cold, slow start and thriving under milder conditions.

Everything is growing at a great pace, and dark, drab winter seems like a dim and distant memory. Early cherry and plum blossom is giving way to apple and pear, while bluebells and forget-me-nots carpet the landscape.

General Gardening Tips:

  • Wipe large leaves such as those found on rubber plants, Swiss cheese plants and umbrella plants, with a damp cloth
  • Smaller leaved plants can be dipped in a bowl of clean water
  • Do not attempt to wash the leaves of ‘hairy’ leaved plants such as African violets, use a soft brush such as a paint brush or a used tooth brush
  • May is an ideal time to create ponds / pools
  • Support herbaceous border plants with canes, where they will be needed in the late summer
  • Prune plum trees, paint fresh cuts with Arborex to prevent infection
  • Take soft wood cuttings from thyme. Thyme cuttings take easily, so they can be stuck in the soil or in pots. Remember that Thyme likes full sun and hates to be grown in the shade
  • If becoming boisterous, prune spring flowering clematis including alpine and macropetala after flowering. Use cuttings to propagate new plants
  • Thin out seedlings, leaving the strongest growing plants. Water the soil gently beforehand to reduce soil disturbance
  • Protect plants from slugs and snails with slug pellets, course grit or traps. Alternatively try to encourage birds, hedgehogs and frogs to your garden – all prey on slugs and snails
  • Remove cloches in late spring. Open cloches ends to allow pollinating insects access to flowering plants
  • As daffodils fade, remove the flower heads. Don’t cut back the leaves – leave them to die back naturally

Handy tips for the Lawn

  • Begin regular cutting of your lawn
  • If the grass is long – increase the height adjustment of the mower to the highest setting once this first cut has been done, go back over the lawn and cut it again on a lower setting
  • Continue to cut the grass weekly and give it a feed if necessary, depending on the weather and how healthy the lawn is
  • Cutting weekly will keep the grass thick, green and free of weeds
 Plants at their best ... We recommend Sowing ... It's a great time to Harvest... It's a good time to Harvest...

Iris
Azales
Viburnums
Red Buckeye
Horse Chesnut
Empress Tree
Kousa Dogwood
Spireas
Ninebarks
Spiderworts
Wild Geraniums
Bluestar
Columbine
Coral Bells
Viola Klose
Trumpet-Honeysuckle
Clematis
Flowering Onions
Spanish Bluebells
Deonis
Deutzias
Itea
Fringe tree
Big Leaf Magnolia
Styrax

Beetroots
Broad Beans
Broccoli & Calabrese
Cabbages
Carrots
Cauliflowers
Celeriac & Kohl Rabi
Chard
Courgettes
Marrows
Squashes
Fennel
French Beans
Leeks
Lettuces
Onions & Shallots
Peas
Mange touts
Sugar Snaps
Runner Beans
Salad Leaves
Spinach
Sweet corn
Turnips
Swedes

Aubergines
Peppers
Chillies
Brussels sprouts
Kale
Cabbages
Cauliflowers
Celeriac & Kohl Rabi
Celery
Chard
Courgettes
Marrows
Cucumbers
Fennel
French Beans
Lettuces
Peas
Mange touts
Sugar Snaps
Potatoes
Pumpkins
Winter Squashes
Runner Beans
Salad Leaves
Spinach
Sweet corn
Tomatoes

Broad Beans
Beetroots
Broccoli & Calabrese
Cabbages
Carrots
Cauliflowers
Celeriac & Kohl
Chard
Leeks
Lettuces
Onions & Shallots
Peas
Mange touts
Sugar Snaps
Salad Leaves
Spinach
Sweet corn
Turnips
Swedes