Jobs to do for May & June

Jobs for May & June

• Sow seeds outdoors especially edible corps like radish, rocket, spring onions and mixed lettuce which you should sow in small batches re-sowing them on a bi-weekly basis to ensure regular cropping.

• Continue to murder as many slugs and snails as possible.

• Top dress spring bulbs that have died back to feed and swell the underground bulbs in readiness for next year’s display.

• Weed as if your life depended on it and whatever you do, stop them from seeding

Fill gaps with summer bedding such as Nicotiana and tender leaved perennials.

• Cut back the perennials such as oriental poppies, and early flowering geraniums. Cutting them back hard to the base as soon as the flowers are over will provide a fresh crop of foliage and in some cases a second round of flowers later in the summer when things lose that fresh green that is so plentiful now

• Grow your own strawberries

• Keep an eye on the sweet peas tying them in and pinching out the shoots to encourage branching. In dry weather water well or you’ll see the buds aborting and energies wasted.

• Chelsea chop late flowering perennials like asters and Sedum specatabilis to encourage later, more floriferous and less leggy plants.
Jobs for May & June

• Sow seeds outdoors especially edible corps like radish, rocket, spring onions and mixed lettuce which you should sow in small batches re-sowing them on a bi-weekly basis to ensure regular cropping.

• Continue to murder as many slugs and snails as possible.

• Top dress spring bulbs that have died back to feed and swell the underground bulbs in readiness for next year’s display.

• Weed as if your life depended on it and whatever you do, stop them from seeding

Fill gaps with summer bedding such as Nicotiana and tender leaved perennials.

• Cut back the perennials such as oriental poppies, and early flowering geraniums. Cutting them back hard to the base as soon as the flowers are over will provide a fresh crop of foliage and in some cases a second round of flowers later in the summer when things lose that fresh green that is so plentiful now

• Grow your own strawberries

• Keep an eye on the sweet peas tying them in and pinching out the shoots to encourage branching. In dry weather water well or you’ll see the buds aborting and energies wasted.

• Chelsea chop late flowering perennials like asters and Sedum specatabilis to encourage later, more floriferous and less leggy plants.

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