The garden is flourishing, and the warmer weather beckons us outside. Let's embrace the abundance of May and tend to our growing spaces:
? Harvest asparagus spears when they reach around 6-8 inches in height. Cut them just below the soil surface, allowing the remaining spears to develop into fern-like foliage.
? If the weather is warm enough, direct sow French beans and sweet corn into well-prepared soil. Follow the packet instructions for proper spacing and planting depth.
? Start earthing up potatoes by mounding soil around the base of the plants. This encourages the tubers to develop underground, protecting them from exposure to light and potential greening.
? Harvest early crops like radishes and lettuce as they reach maturity. Enjoy their crispness and flavours in fresh salads and dishes.
? Exercise caution when planting tomatoes, ensuring temperatures remain above 12°C. Tomatoes are sensitive to cold, and exposure to chilly conditions can hinder their growth.
? Sow pumpkins, cucumbers, courgettes, and squashes under cover, such as in a greenhouse or cold frame. Towards the end of the month, you can sow them directly outdoors in prepared beds.
? Lift and divide mint plants to control their growth and maintain their vigour. Replant the divisions in well-prepared soil or containers.
? Mulch fruit plants, such as strawberries and berry bushes, with a thick layer of organic matter. This helps conserve moisture, suppresses weeds, and adds nutrients to the soil.
? Take time to observe the beauty of your garden, revelling in the vibrant blooms, buzzing pollinators, and the sense of fulfilment that comes from nurturing your plants.
As the garden bursts with life in May, there are several important tasks to keep your outdoor space looking its best. Here are some key activities for this vibrant month:
? Feed and mow established lawns to promote healthy growth and maintain an even and attractive appearance. Apply a suitable lawn fertilizer according to the manufacturer's instructions, and mow the grass regularly, ensuring you do not cut it too short. This encourages strong root development and lush green blades.
? Apply treatments to control weeds within your lawns. Use a selective herbicide specifically designed for use on lawns to target and eliminate common weeds like dandelions, daisies, and clover. Follow the instructions carefully to achieve the best results.
? Keep on top of weeds by regularly hoeing the ground. As the warm weather encourages weed growth, take a few minutes each day to gently scrape the soil surface with a hoe, cutting down any emerging weeds. This practice helps prevent them from establishing and competing with your desired plants for nutrients and water.
? Keep the garden tidy and free of debris. Remove any fallen leaves, twigs, or other organic matter that may accumulate on the ground. This not only enhances the visual appeal of your garden but also helps minimize hiding places for pests and diseases.
? Stay vigilant with watering, especially if the weather is warm. Check the soil moisture regularly and water your plants as needed. In dry spells, it may be necessary to water daily to ensure the ground remains adequately moist. Consider watering early in the morning or in the evening to reduce water loss through evaporation.
By tending to these tasks in May, you'll maintain a healthy and beautiful garden that thrives throughout the growing season. Take pleasure in the colourful blooms, lush lawns, and flourishing plants as you enjoy the outdoor beauty this month brings. ???
Remember, each day in the garden is an opportunity to connect with nature and find joy in the growing process. May your garden continue to thrive and bring you delight! ???