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May

Summer might be officially here with hopefully warmer sunny days, but watch out for any late frosts that could damage any tender plants you may be growing. Be ready to protect them with horticultural fleece if necessary. Everything is growing at great speed right now and looking quite lush and colourful. Tidying and cutting back spring flowering plants that have finished blooming will give better display’s next spring. Remove any winter bedding plants and replace with new perennials or summer bedding. It is time to think about late summer and autumn colour, planting Asters, Dahlias and Anemones will provide excellent border colour well into October.

     May Garden

SHRUBS & TREES
• Prune any shrubs that have finished flowering.
• Make sure any new shrubs and trees are well watered especially if the weather is dry.
• Trim evergreen hedges.

IN THE BORDERS
• Deadhead spring flowering bulbs and let foliage die back naturally.
• Deadhead spring bedding plants keeping a careful watch out for pests.
• Remove any winter bedding and replace with summer bedding in the second half of the month .
• Plant pot grown Roses.
• Plant perennials for summer colour making sure to water them in well.
• Prune spring flowering Clematis after flowers have faded.
• Divide any clumps of spring bulbs, Hostas and Primulas. Trim Aubrieta, Alyssum and Candytuft after flowering.
• Trim any Heathers after flowering.
• Thin out hardy annuals.

IN THE VEG PATCH
• Keep a careful watch out for pests.
• Keep on top of weeds hoeing on dry days.
• Plant out any veg that has been grown under cover.
• Plant out any tender crops towards the end of the month.
• Earth up any emerging Potatoes.
• Thin out any seedlings that are emerging such as Carrots.
• Protect Carrots from root fly with fleece.
• Plant out Leeks and Brassicas.
• Weed around Onions and Garlic by hand.
• Support Peas.
• Keep planting salad crops every two weeks for a continuous supply.
• Sow French and Runner Beans at the end of the month.
• Make supports for Runner Beans from bamboo canes.

IN THE TUNNEL OR GREENHOUSE
• Make sure the doors are left open and well ventilated.
• Protect plants from slugs, snails, insects and aphids.
• Make sure everything is well watered.
• Thin out any seedlings.
Start feeding Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Strawberries and Courgettes when flowers appear with a liquid feed.
• Sow Bellis and Wallflowers for next spring displays.
• Harden off any plants grown under cover.

CONTAINERS AND BASKETS
• Plant containers, window boxes and hanging baskets with summer bedding and protect from any late frosts.
• Plant a herb window box for fresh grown herbs.
• Plant perennials, roses and shrubs for year round interest.
Feed any containers and baskets every two weeks with a liquid feed.
• Top dress existing containers and pots.
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