Monthly Tips & Tasks May 2014

Flower Garden

  • Carry on with bulb planting. Remember many bulbs do just as well in pots.
  • Plant Spring flowering plants such as polyanthus, primulas, pansies, poppies and forget-me-nots.
  • Lift dahlias and begonias after frosts, cut back the tops and store in a cool dark place.
  • Cut back by about 1/3 chrysanthemums as the flowers finish.
  • Rake up leaves off paths and lawns.
  • Pull out Summer annuals and dig over the ground to leave weed free over Winter.
  • Spray roses with a copper spray to help stop disease carry over to next season.

Fruit & Vegetable Garden

  • Plant green crops on bare ground to improve soil health.
  • Start planting broad beans.
  • Prepare ground for planting garlic and shallots.
  • Clean up copper spray after fruit harvest on pip fruit trees for black spot.
  • Put lime on bare soil if it has not had any for 3 years or so.
  • Compost disease free plant material. Keep turning it and do not let it get too wet.

General Tips

  • Look out for good buys at the garden centres as many are now having their annual sales.
  • Treat paths for moss and slime to keep them safe over Winter and to stop them from being slippery.
  • Do not work on soil if it is too wet.
  • Bring hoses in out of the weather so that they do not break down.
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