MAY GARDENING TIPS – St Bridget Nurseries

With Could heralding the method of summer season, it’s time to get outdoors and actually take pleasure in some gardening on longer, hotter days. As herbaceous borders flourish and bulbs fade, the backyard transforms and begins the quickly develop. It’s time to be sowing and planting out bedding, guaranteeing timing aligns with the final frost in your area. Softwood cuttings can be taken to propagate new vegetation. Embrace the wildness of the garden, permitting it to develop freely, and relish the sight of bugs flocking to feed on the blooming flowers.

Listed below are our ideas for benefiting from the month forward:

– Apply a rose fertiliser now to any roses you could have in your backyard and a excessive potash feed to flowering shrubs.

– Tomatoes originate from South America and can undergo as quickly as temperatures drop under 10C. Due to this fact preserve them below cowl till you will be positive the climate is heat sufficient to plant them outdoors. Be sure to discover the warmest spot potential to provide all of them the assistance they want however permits air motion across the vegetation so that they don’t get too humid (leading to tomato blight). Bush selection tomatoes are nice for rising in pots on a patio or terrace.

– Get robust on weeds now.  Just a little and sometimes is nice for staying up to the mark while additionally providing you with some mild train with out overdoing issues. Prevention is all the time higher than remedy and so contemplate putting in weed proof membrane materials to your open surfaces. We promote this by the metre close to our tills.

– Strive rising your strawberry vegetation in hanging baskets this yr. The fruit will dangle down over the aspect which means that air can flow into round them (retaining them dry and stopping mould) and slugs and snails can’t attain them. As soon as your strawberry vegetation have flowered feed usually with a strawberry or tomato liquid feed.

– Apply a spring garden feed to your garden for those who didn’t final month and restore skinny or naked patches earlier than the top of Could.

– Are you rising potatoes this yr? As quickly as your vegetation break by means of the floor of the soil, earth them up by protecting the foliage with soil. This protects the shoots from frost injury in late spring and ensures the growing potatoes aren’t uncovered to mild, which turns them inexperienced and inedible. Because the stems develop taller, repeat the method a number of occasions, a number of weeks aside. The ultimate top of the ridge needs to be 20–30cm (8–12in). However if you’re unable to earth up, or don’t have time, it is best to nonetheless get crop.

– Now’s the time to start out planting your summer season flowering hanging baskets. We’ve got a beautiful collection of vegetation to select from together with all of your favourites like Begonias, Petunias, Geraniums and Fuchsias. Simply shield your basket below cowl till all late frosts have gone.

– Look out for lily beetle adults and larvae this month. Some natural strategies of management embrace spraying the plant with sunflower oil (makes it too slippery to climb) however one of the best ways is to put some newspaper under your vegetation because the adults will drop when touched. Squish them fast or they may then fly off.

– Plant your curcurbits! Curcurbits is the household names given to gourds and squashes. They embrace courgettes and pumpkins. By the center of Could it is best to have the ability to plant them outdoors right here within the south west. They’re grasping feeders so making ready your soil with a effectively rotted manure or common fertiliser like growmore will reep reward afterward. Plant trailing pumpkins and squahes 1.8m (6ft) aside or 90cm (3ft) if you’re planting extra compact bush varieties. Give a excessive potash fertiliser to your vegetation 6 weeks after planting after which each fortnight after that.

– If you’re pondering of trimming your hedges, please give just a little thought to late nesting birds. Have a fast test for lively nests earlier than you begin.

– Guarantee your backyard birds have entry to recent consuming water and clear your feeders usually to forestall the unfold of fowl illnesses.

– If you’re choosing up fallen branches out of your backyard put them in a pile in someplace to supply pure shelter for backyard wildlife.

– Did you plant a brand new tree final autumn? In that case, the tree will likely be popping out of its dormancy now and so just a little care and a focus will likely be wanted till it’s totally established. As soon as the leaves open, ensure you water as soon as per week. Spring rains might prevent the duty however simply test that the soil feels moist about an inch or two under the floor and water appropriately. If we now have a dry summer season interval you have to to water twice per week. Make sure you cowl a large space in regards to the tree as roots go extensive in addition to down.

– Sow your runner and French beans from the center of the month onwards.

– For those who don’t have a conservatory or greenhouse contemplate investing in a chilly body to harden off your vegetation earlier than planting them out in July. Hardening off successfully means you steadily introduce the younger plant (with tender progress) to decrease temperatures.

– For those who discover your greenhouse will get too scorching and sunny within the day and you find yourself scorching your vegetation you might need to contemplate introducing shading. You’ll be able to both purchase shade netting (out there by the metre from our store) or we promote liquid shading which you paint onto the glass.

– If you’re planting flowering perennials we all the time advocate planting a gaggle of three collectively as they then create a very impactful clump. To do that dig a gap for every plant leaving sufficient room round every plant for them to develop out. Immerse the vegetation rootball right into a bucket of water to provide it soak earlier than planting. Take away the rootball from the pot it got here in and place it within the gap you could have dug. Press the soil/compost across the vegetation, you need to guarantee there aren’t any air gaps across the roots. Repeat together with your different vegetation and gently water usually.

– You might need to prune again a few of your evergreen shrubs. Crops like Euonymus might be trimmed now. You principally need to consider it as a hair reduce and take away any bits which might be protruding. You’ll be able to prune with hedge shears or secateurs. Begin on the backside and work your strategy to the highest, eradicating all outlying shoots and getting the plant again into the specified form.


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