Gardening jobs for May

Plants have started flowering and the risk of frost will soon pass, so this month is a brilliant month to get planting all those seedlings and small plants into the garden:

  • Dahlias are now ready to be pinched and planted out into their final position, or to be added to larger containers.
  • Climbing plants will start sending new shoots- tie them in so that they can climb up walls, fences and structures. This includes clematis, wisteria and honeysuckle.
  • Direct sow flower seeds such as poppies for colour from August to Autumn
  • Apply a liquid feed (such as seaweed feed) to spring bulbs to encourage a brilliant display next year
  • Remove faded spring bedding, such as wallflowers and forget-me-nots, once faded and add to your compost bin
  • Check lily bulbs for lily beetles and larvae because if they're left they can strip back plants
  • Chelsea Chop: more info on a blog post coming soon. Basically cutting a 1/3rd of some plants back will create bushier plants. But please check which plants we can do this too on the blog post as it isn't a universal rule!
  • You could take part in no mow May- this can help pollinators. I usually leave some areas of my garden as 'no mow'.
  • Water containers and pots in particularly dry periods, and feed them with a Seaweed feed to encourage strong growth.
  • Don't forget to sit back, relax and enjoy your garden!

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