What To Do In The Garden In May

The merry month of May is finally here and it is a wonderful month for gardeners, with all sorts of fun jobs to be done outside in the beautiful spring sunshine.

You can start having lots of fun planting your various fruits, veggies and flowers, and there’s nothing more enjoyable than watching those little green sprouts start to push their way up through the earth. You can start sowing the likes of sunflowers, nasturtiums, poppies and cornflowers, as well as tomatoes, pumpkin, squash, courgette, gherkin…the list goes on!

Also take the time to start hardening off any plants you might have indoors that you intend to leave outside in a few weeks’ time. This means leaving the plants outside during the day and then bringing them back inside for between seven and ten hours before being planted outside.

This is a very simple process, but it allows the tender plants to be exposed gradually to sunset, as well as wind, rain and fluctuating temperatures. It helps ensure that the new growth of your plants will be nice and sturdy, supporting them to grow up to be big and strong.

Now’s also the time to really focus on your weeding. Putting in good habits now will help you build it into your routine and ensure that the plants get the water and nutrients they need.

Anyone growing vegetables right now can start to harden off their tomatoes, as well as thinning out anything that has been directly sown, such as lettuce, carrot and spinach. Make sure the rows are well watered after doing this. Using horticultural fleece can help protect your carrots from carrot fly, as well.

And don’t forget about the lawn! Applying some weedkiller can help it stay strong – and now’s the time to lower the blades on your lawnmower to summer-cut height. With just a little bit of work here and there, your garden will be ready for the warmer months!


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