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Our top 10 gardening tips for May

May is here and spring is in the air! As the garden starts to wake up after a long winter, it’s time to get outdoors and get ready for another great year of growing. Here are our top 10 gardening tips for May

1. Get your vegetable beds ready for another season of planting by clearing them of weeds and mulching with well-rotted farmyard manure or garden compost. This will improve drainage in wet weather and help soils retain moisture in droughts.  

2. Feed shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertiliser. Roses in particular will appreciate a dose of fertiliser as they come back into new growth.

3. ​Aerate lawns and feed them with a high-nitrogen feed.  Sow lawn seed to fix any bare patches.

4. Put in supports for tall perennials that tend to flop, such as asters and delphiniums. This is easier to do now while the plants are still small and there is space to move around them.

15 gardening tips for April

5. If you’re growing annuals from cuttings or from seed, pinch out the growing tips of the seedlings to give you bushy plants that will produce masses of flowers.

6. Deadhead spring bulbs like daffodils and tulips once the flowers have faded, but leave the foliage to die back naturally. Don’t tie it up or plait it, as this stops the leaves making food to store in the bulbs for next year’s flowers.


15 gardening tips for April

7. Direct sow broad beans, carrots, beetroot and parsnips in the vegetable garden.

8. Direct sow annuals for great summer colour. You can also sow some vegetable seeds outdoors in early May.

9. Plant second early and maincrop potatoes this month. Second early potatoes will grow well in large containers, but maincrops are best in the ground.  You can also plant onion and shallot sets this month, netting the beds to stop pigeons pulling up the young seedlings.

10. Harvest the first asparagus shoots – they’re delicious steamed and served with butter!

We have everything you need in centre to get your garden into great shape for the year, so come in and see what’s in store!