Garden Pottering in May

May garden

Spring is in full bloom and the garden is springing back to life.  My spring bulbs are starting to fade out telling me it`s time to get out the May garden pottering checklist.

Houses plants need some love too and this is the ideal time to repot house plants in fresh soil. I like to give them a little day trip into the garden on mild days at this time of year.

My lawn has a few bald patches so it`s time to feed and seed the lawn and lower the blades on the mower to the summer cut height.

In the borders

  • Get ready to plant out summer bedding plants at the end of the month.
  • Lift out and divide daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs.
  • Stake and support tall perennials and climbers.
  • Plant up hanging baskets.
  • Prune spring flowering shrubs.

In the vegetable patch

  • Support bean and pea plants.
  • Place tomato plants outside to harden off.
  • Harvest asparagus.
  • Protect carrots from carrot fly by covering with horticultural fleece.
  • Protect strawberries with straw.
  • Check fruit trees and bushes for pests.
  • Move out seedlings during the day to harden off.
  • Open doors and vents to air out the greenhouse.

Weeding and pests

  • Keep on top of those weeds.
  • Check under leaves for bugs and pests.
  • Check roses for blackspot

In my garden, Mrs Blackbird has been busy collecting bedding for her nest reminding me to check for bird nests before pruning trees and shrubs. I give them fresh water daily in a bird bath.

Happy garden pottering.

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