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Gardening Jobs For May

Date Posted: 01 May 2011

May is one of busiest months in the kitchen gardening year.  Seedlings are growing fast and so are the weeds and there are lots of jobs to be getting on with.  So if you don't know where to start here are our tips and hints.

Prepare the Soil

  • For good growing results its well worth spending time preparing your seedbeds or raised beds for summer growing and seedling transplanting. 
  • First dig over to revitalise the soil, pull up weeds and hoe over to get the soil to a fine, crumbly texture.
  • You can use some Chicken Poo to increase the nutrient levels in the soil.  It is packed full of essential plant foods and also improves soil and plant structure.  It can be added before sowing or on beds of growing seedlings, so you can continue to enrich the soil as the plants grow.  Sourced from happy hens, it's organic too!

Protect Your Growing Crops

  • Keep an eye out for late frosts and use some Frost Protection Fleece on cooler nights
  • Watch carefully for slugs - they love nothing more than tasty new lettuce shoots and can eat their way through an entire row in no time.  For some very effective 100% natural slug treatment try the brilliant Slug Gone.
  • Cover carrot seedlings with Crop Protection Fleece to keep the carrot fly away.  It's worth burying the fleece into the soil to keep it secure.

Seeds to Sow Outdoors Now

  • French beans
  • Runner beans
  • Carrots
  • Salads such as lettuces and rocket
  • Beetroot
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Spring onions
  • Winter cabbages
  • Annual herbs

Sow Undercover Now

  • Sweetcorn
  • Courgettes
  • Pumpkins

Sowing Tips

  • For the best results when sowing seeds, use Seedling Magic.  It is 100% organic and enourages quick germination and super strong root systems 
  • Some seedlings such as sweetcorn hate having their roots disturbed, so sow in paper pots.  These can be made in no time using the paper potter, then when the seedlings are ready the pots can be planted directly into the soil where the crop is to mature, and the paper will naturally decompose.

In the Greenhouse

  • Take plants such as tomatoes, chillies, peppers and cucumbers and plant them out in their final home - a growbag, large pot or boarder

Crops Ready for Harvesting

  • Garlic
  • Early sowings of lettuce and rocket

Maintenance

  • Keep weeding and watering regularly
  • Reguarly feed plants growing in containers and growbags
  • Use stick supports to tie up peas and beans as they begin to grow tall
  • Pinch out the broad bean tips, once beans begin to develop at the base of the plant 
  • Begin to bank up potatoes

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