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Gardening Diary May


Gardening Diary May

May - an overview

May is a time when half hardy young shoots appear, it's important to watch out for any late frosts with tender plants.

Potato haulm burnt by frostThe haulm of the potato should be showing during this month, make sure it is not"burnt" by late frosts. It will grow back again, but it's worth avoiding if possible. A fleece or newspaper can be put over in the evening which can help. Photo right you can see the edges of the leaves burnt by frost on the potato haulm.

BeetrootContinue to sow crops such as carrot, beetroot, turnip, swede outdoors.

To get early crops as possible sow tender plants such as sweet corn, courgettes, marrow, french beans, runner beans preferably indoors in pots early May, ready for planting out in late May, early June. Sow succession of broad bean and peas. Watch out for late frosts and be prepared to cover any tender shoots. It is worth putting a fleece or cloche out a week before you intend to plant out tender plants as it will warm the ground up, also means any annual weed seed will germinate which you can hoe off before planting out which helps to keep the ground clear.

HoeNow is the time to make sure you weed regularly to keep on top of the annual weeds that germinate. Pay particular attention to crops such as onions which do not grow well with competition from weeds. Be careful when weeding with a hoe as plants such as onions have shallow roots and can be damaged by the hoe getting too near, it's worth hoeing down the row and then hand picking the weeds around onions.

StrawberryTowards the end of the month strawberry plants will be starting to ripen, it is worth netting them to prevent birds eating the fruit.
If there has been little rain and the soil is drying out, concentrate on watering the crops that will need it most. This is usually seedlings and onions. Make sure you water in the evening and give the ground a good soaking as little water will do more harm than good as you encourage the plants to make shallow roots to get to the water.

Greenhouse; plants such as tomato, peppers and cucumbers should be growing well, check for any pests such as greenfly and whitefly. Tomatoes will need supporting and side shoots will need pinching out. To aid pollination shake the main stems daily.

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