It seems as though this month is racing by and still you are wondering what to do in the garden, so here are the main gardening tasks to get going with in May. And with this being Chelsea Flower Show week you have no excuse … not sure why, but you don’t 😉
- If you have any containers make sure you keep them well watered. Now the sun has come out your container plants will lose moisture more quickly than plants that are in the border. Yes, I know it has been raining buckets lately but do not be fooled containers need extra care this time of year.
- Keep on top of those weeds – remember if you get to a weed before it flowers you save yourself years of further weeding because it won’t get to spread.
- (*Warning: Don’t eat your dinner whilst reading this point!) Also slugs and snails will be out in force attempting to do their worst to your plants and flowers. If you prefer to be organic about it, instead of using slug pellets (though there are organic ones on the market) why not use porridge oats, or a no.9 boot? – just kidding!
- At Mitzvahs and Marrows our potatoes are growing apace with plenty of green foliage on display. This means it is time to earth up the potatoes so that the emerging tubers are not exposed to the air, plus hopefully you should get larger potatoes too.
- It is probably best to avoid planting out tender plants though because there will still be a danger of frosts at night. It is better to wait until next month so more on that in June.
- It is a good time to sow beetroots seeds. Prepare the earth by hoeing until you have a nice fine tilth. Use the hoe to make shallow lanes in which to sow your beetroot seeds. Sow not too thinly because you can always thin out the weaker plants as the beetroots emerge. Cover over with soil about 2cm deep and water in. At Mitzvahs and Marrows we have sown ‘Boltardy’, ‘Monoruba’ & ‘Burpees Golden’ (which is yellow in colour as the name suggests).
Happy growing and from all of us at Mitzvahs and Marrows we would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Shavuot!