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What to Do in The Garden – Second Week of May

In The Flower Garden

  • Plant up hanging baskets, and leave them in a sheltered spot before hanging fully outside
  • Plant out potted alliums in groups to add interest to flower beds
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs immediately after flowering, such as forsythia, ribes, chaenomeles, pyracantha and kerria
  • Regularly water newly planted trees, roses, shrubs and hedging
  • Finish planting out gladioli corms in groups or drifts in borders
  • Spread shredded bark mulches around established shrubs and trees to conserve soil moisture and suppress weeds
  • Water clumps of tulips and spring bulbs with liquid feed

In the Fruit and Vegetable Garden

  • Tie in new shoots of blackberries and cane fruits to support wires
  • Sow sweetcorn in deep pots, raising strong young plants to transplant into the garden in June
  • Pinch off strawberry runners as soon as they develop, to stop them competing with developing fruit for nutrients
  • Earth up soil around emerging potato shoots, which encourages higher yields
  • Sow seeds of the following crops outside this week: radish, spring onions, coriander, parsley and chives

In The Greenhouse

  • Put up shading to reflect scorching sunlight and keep temperatures down
  • Open all vents on warm days, but close again in the evening
  • Order plug plants and seedlings by post, and pot up as soon as they arrive
  • Take leaf cuttings from houseplants, including African violets, begonias and Cape primrose
  • Hang yellow sticky traps over plants to catch whitefly and flying pests
  • Sow seeds of herbs, such as parsley, chives, coriander, garlic, basil, dill, fennel, mint, thyme, sage and lovage

And The Rest……

  • Plant tender crops outside, covering them with cloches when night temperatures fall
  • Dig out perennial weeds, such as couch grass and bindweed, from borders as soon as you spot them
  • Wash dust off the foliage of houseplants, and apply leaf shine product to leafy plants
  • Take cuttings from hydrangeas, fuchsias and penstemons, using the soft shoot tips
  • Feed houseplants weekly from now until autumn

 

What to Do in The Garden – Second Week of May

In The Flower Garden

  • Plant up hanging baskets, and leave them in a sheltered spot before hanging fully outside
  • Plant out potted alliums in groups to add interest to flower beds
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs immediately after flowering, such as forsythia, ribes, chaenomeles, pyracantha and kerria
  • Regularly water newly planted trees, roses, shrubs and hedging
  • Finish planting out gladioli corms in groups or drifts in borders
  • Spread shredded bark mulches around established shrubs and trees to conserve soil moisture and suppress weeds
  • Water clumps of tulips and spring bulbs with liquid feed

In the Fruit and Vegetable Garden

  • Tie in new shoots of blackberries and cane fruits to support wires
  • Sow sweetcorn in deep pots, raising strong young plants to transplant into the garden in June
  • Pinch off strawberry runners as soon as they develop, to stop them competing with developing fruit for nutrients
  • Earth up soil around emerging potato shoots, which encourages higher yields
  • Sow seeds of the following crops outside this week: radish, spring onions, coriander, parsley and chives

In The Greenhouse

  • Put up shading to reflect scorching sunlight and keep temperatures down
  • Open all vents on warm days, but close again in the evening
  • Order plug plants and seedlings by post, and pot up as soon as they arrive
  • Take leaf cuttings from houseplants, including African violets, begonias and Cape primrose
  • Hang yellow sticky traps over plants to catch whitefly and flying pests
  • Sow seeds of herbs, such as parsley, chives, coriander, garlic, basil, dill, fennel, mint, thyme, sage and lovage

And The Rest……

  • Plant tender crops outside, covering them with cloches when night temperatures fall
  • Dig out perennial weeds, such as couch grass and bindweed, from borders as soon as you spot them
  • Wash dust off the foliage of houseplants, and apply leaf shine product to leafy plants
  • Take cuttings from hydrangeas, fuchsias and penstemons, using the soft shoot tips
  • Feed houseplants weekly from now until autumn

 

What to Do in The Garden – Second Week of May

In The Flower Garden

  • Plant up hanging baskets, and leave them in a sheltered spot before hanging fully outside
  • Plant out potted alliums in groups to add interest to flower beds
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs immediately after flowering, such as forsythia, ribes, chaenomeles, pyracantha and kerria
  • Regularly water newly planted trees, roses, shrubs and hedging
  • Finish planting out gladioli corms in groups or drifts in borders
  • Spread shredded bark mulches around established shrubs and trees to conserve soil moisture and suppress weeds
  • Water clumps of tulips and spring bulbs with liquid feed

In the Fruit and Vegetable Garden

  • Tie in new shoots of blackberries and cane fruits to support wires
  • Sow sweetcorn in deep pots, raising strong young plants to transplant into the garden in June
  • Pinch off strawberry runners as soon as they develop, to stop them competing with developing fruit for nutrients
  • Earth up soil around emerging potato shoots, which encourages higher yields
  • Sow seeds of the following crops outside this week: radish, spring onions, coriander, parsley and chives

In The Greenhouse

  • Put up shading to reflect scorching sunlight and keep temperatures down
  • Open all vents on warm days, but close again in the evening
  • Order plug plants and seedlings by post, and pot up as soon as they arrive
  • Take leaf cuttings from houseplants, including African violets, begonias and Cape primrose
  • Hang yellow sticky traps over plants to catch whitefly and flying pests
  • Sow seeds of herbs, such as parsley, chives, coriander, garlic, basil, dill, fennel, mint, thyme, sage and lovage

And The Rest……

  • Plant tender crops outside, covering them with cloches when night temperatures fall
  • Dig out perennial weeds, such as couch grass and bindweed, from borders as soon as you spot them
  • Wash dust off the foliage of houseplants, and apply leaf shine product to leafy plants
  • Take cuttings from hydrangeas, fuchsias and penstemons, using the soft shoot tips
  • Feed houseplants weekly from now until autumn

 

What to Do in The Garden – Second Week of May

In The Flower Garden

  • Plant up hanging baskets, and leave them in a sheltered spot before hanging fully outside
  • Plant out potted alliums in groups to add interest to flower beds
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs immediately after flowering, such as forsythia, ribes, chaenomeles, pyracantha and kerria
  • Regularly water newly planted trees, roses, shrubs and hedging
  • Finish planting out gladioli corms in groups or drifts in borders
  • Spread shredded bark mulches around established shrubs and trees to conserve soil moisture and suppress weeds
  • Water clumps of tulips and spring bulbs with liquid feed

In the Fruit and Vegetable Garden

  • Tie in new shoots of blackberries and cane fruits to support wires
  • Sow sweetcorn in deep pots, raising strong young plants to transplant into the garden in June
  • Pinch off strawberry runners as soon as they develop, to stop them competing with developing fruit for nutrients
  • Earth up soil around emerging potato shoots, which encourages higher yields
  • Sow seeds of the following crops outside this week: radish, spring onions, coriander, parsley and chives

In The Greenhouse

  • Put up shading to reflect scorching sunlight and keep temperatures down
  • Open all vents on warm days, but close again in the evening
  • Order plug plants and seedlings by post, and pot up as soon as they arrive
  • Take leaf cuttings from houseplants, including African violets, begonias and Cape primrose
  • Hang yellow sticky traps over plants to catch whitefly and flying pests
  • Sow seeds of herbs, such as parsley, chives, coriander, garlic, basil, dill, fennel, mint, thyme, sage and lovage

And The Rest……

  • Plant tender crops outside, covering them with cloches when night temperatures fall
  • Dig out perennial weeds, such as couch grass and bindweed, from borders as soon as you spot them
  • Wash dust off the foliage of houseplants, and apply leaf shine product to leafy plants
  • Take cuttings from hydrangeas, fuchsias and penstemons, using the soft shoot tips
  • Feed houseplants weekly from now until autumn

 

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