The month of May has come, and the days get longer and warmer. Finally, summer is approaching, which means it is time to spruce up spring plants, grow summer flowers, and start thinking about autumn plans.
In May, there are many flowers and veggies to seed and thrive. So, stay with us for a complete overview of garden tasks to complete this month.
Gardening Jobs to Do – Sowing
Everybody living in the UK can benefit from the information on sowing and planting provided here.
Growing conditions differ tremendously throughout the country and even within a single community. Suppose you’re new to gardening and aren’t sure what to do; just ask other growers in your area. Also, pay attention to the weather and growing conditions.
Here is a list of plants you can sow in May.
- Florence fennel
- Runner beans
- Salad onions
- Sprouting broccoli
- Kale (borecole
Temperature-sensitive crops include sweetcorn, marrows, courgettes, pumpkins, tomatoes, cucumbers, French beans, and runner beans. If they are planted in too cold conditions, germination will be low, and any seedlings that emerge will not produce as well as those grown in warmer soil. The crucial time begins when the seeds start to absorb water and start the germination process. Lower temps are permissible once this is completed.
Gardening Jobs for the Vegetable Garden
Continue to sow additional rows of veggies as the month passes. If some crops, such as French beans, squash, pumpkins, and sweet corn are too chilly to grow outside, sow them indoors and then transplant them out once the weather warms up.
Runner beans should be planted above an organic matter-filled trench that has been in place for a few weeks. Install a 9-inch-apart dual row of bamboo canes with a 2-foot gap between them. Alternatively, you can connect four or six poles to make the popular wigwam that you see in many veg gardens and allotments. At a depth of 2 inches, sow two seeds at the bottom of each cane.
It’s already time to think about Halloween, and sowing pumpkin seeds in a 3-inch pot about 1 inch deep and covering them with cling film or plastic to help maintain moisture and warmth is a task that kids might enjoy. Pot them up, put them on a windowsill, and then transplant them to a sunny, fertile location.
Remove any spinach, lettuce, or other plantlets that were directly seeded in the vegetable bed and thin them out.
When new shoots appear, earth up the potatoes. This shields the potatoes from a late frost as well as direct sunlight, which would make them green. They will enjoy some watering if there is a dry period.
When planting peas, use twigs or netting to assist the plants when they are emerging. Broad beans are supported by canes and string along the plot’s edge.
Put strawberries in a cloche or cold frame to protect them from frost and later on, net them to keep birds away. Remove the blossoms from the plants that are in their first year. Make sure all other fruit gets enough water, and thin out the strawberries to produce larger fruit.
It’s simple to start sprouting herbs from seed by scattering the seeds over the soil in a planting tray and covering them with vermiculite. Put in a water bath for moisture absorption, then place anywhere warmer to germinate after about 20 minutes.
Gardening Jobs in the Greenhouse
Almost all plants that are overwintering in the greenhouse will be able to emerge gradually now. Lilies, for instance, can be located in a sheltered area to become accustomed to temperature changes. If frost is expected, cover with a fleece blanket.
Remove any overwintering citrus plants that are in containers from the greenhouse and place them on blocks to allow for proper drainage. To open up the centre, prune them. Remove the top inch of soil in the container and refill it with new soil. Drench with seaweed-infused water, then water generously once a week.
Gardening jobs – Hardening Off
Consider hardening off your summer nursery and half-hardy houseplants in a cold frame or by putting them outside for more extended periods throughout the day.
Ensure to immerse your new plants in a pail of water before planting them out if you purchased them from the garden centre. It’s a great thing to compost around them after it rains to keep the moisture in.
When the branches or stems of cuttings hit the bottom of the container, pot them on, apply fresh soil, and then they’ll be able to plant out within six weeks or so.
Grow sweet peas in well-drained, moisture-retentive soil with plenty of organic material. During the first four to six weeks, fasten to supportive sticks, and they’ll become self-supporting after a short while.
Gardening Jobs – Spring Bulbs
To help preserve their energy, start by removing seed heads from daffodils and tulips cultivated in containers, but not the greenery. There is no need to tie them up.
Whenever you need a room that has been overtaken by bulbs that have completed flowering, remove them without hurting the foliage and put them in a mulch pile. Before actually cleaning, lifting, and storing the bulbs, cover them with earth and allow time until the greenery has died down.
Once primroses have finally completed flowering, you can remove and divide them by gently teasing them apart, then replanting and watering.
Gardening Jobs – Preventing Disease
To prevent carrot fly, seed later in the season, use a resistant carrot type, or try associate planting with garlic or onions and planting among other veggies, wrapping with fleece or enclosing the area with a 2ft high plastic or equivalent barrier.
Grow cabbages and cover them with a net to inhibit white cabbage butterflies from depositing eggs. Attach brassica collars, which can be constructed out of roofing felt or carpeting underlay, to discourage cabbage root flies.
Remove any extra raspberry canes before they get too crowded.
Encourage the birds into your garden by providing a regularly refreshed birdbath, but avoid pruning hedges as this may harm breeding birds’ habitat. Of course, you have to balance that with pigeons attacking your crops, so make sure you use protective netting.
As you can see – there are so many gardening jobs to do in this busy month, as we get ready for long, warm days, and a garden simply bursting with colour, and all sorts of wonderful produce!
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