Jobs for May
1. Tie up your climbers
With fresh growth really getting underway now tie in the shoots of your clematis and other climbers to your walls or trellis. Do the same with climbing and rambling roses, tying them up horizontally to encourage side shoots, producing more blooms over the coming months.
2. Prepare for summer bedding
Spring flowering plants will come to the end of their flowering period and will need clearing ready for summer bedding. Take out the old plants and dig out the weeds, add some fertiliser to the soil ready for the new batch.
3. Think about getting your tomatoes out
As the weather warms up and the risk of frost has passed, take your small tomato plants from inside and start to plant them outside. Find them the sunniest spot you can as this will help them thrive and help maximise crop production.
4. Earth up Potatoes
Pull soil up around the bottom of your potato plants to stop your new tubers turning green and poisonous. Pull a rake or a fork along both sides of the rows of young plants, making a mound of mud around the plant to ensure the tubers aren’t exposed to sunlight.
5. Cut Perennials
Known as the Chelsea chop as it needs doing around the same time as the Chelsea flower show – lower the height of your late flowering perennials to stop them leaning. Pinch out asters, helenium and eupatorium at knee height and they will re-branch to provide you with stockier plants.
6. Plant Hanging Baskets
Plant your favourite summer annuals. Put a layer of sphagnum moss in the bottom and up the sides of the basket as a liner. Fill the basket up with compost and plant in an assortment of plants to bring some real colour to your garden.
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