May is the month when things really get going in full swing. Your gardening tasks will increase now but so will your pleasure of gardening as the warmer weather and more dry days make life easier.
The main tasks and priorities this month are:
- Due to the mild winter, there might be more garden pests than usual. Keep an eye on the roses for signs of aphids and try non-chemical remedies like these from The Growers Exchange before resorting to chemical warfare. Also, you can plant herbs like lemongrass and peppermint and to deter pests like mosquitoes and flies.
- Larger bulbs like daffodils will now be looking withered and dead, these leaves can be removed but make sure that any green foliage is left undamaged and watch the roots aren't damaged either, they will still be quite fresh at this time of the year.
- Seeds, both flowers and vegetables, started in the greenhouse should now be small plants and ready to be transplanted into the garden providing the weather is suitable. Seeds to be sown outdoors can be sown now, again if it's dry enough.
Garden Media Group