May is an excellent month in the garden.

Spring is just about to give way to summer – we hope – and there are plenty of jobs that you can earmark for this month.

It usually means that the frosty mornings have become a think of the past for a few months and we can get lots of projects started.

So here are some perfect jobs for May to get your garden growing.

Planting out

In May you can rise planting seeds for beans and peas without starting off in the greenhouse.

You should be able to sow straight to the beds and have no problems.

If you are planting beans and peas, then it makes sense to get your canes in at the same time.

Make sure you are leaving a space between plants and plant two seeds about 3cms deep for beans and 5cms deep for peas.

As the seeds germinate, you will usually notice that one plant looks stronger than the other so simply remove the weaker seedling and begin the process of training your baby plants to climb the cane.

This is done by gently wrapping the plant onto the cane and after a couple of weeks it should find its shape and stay there.

Trim up hedges

This is the perfect time to tidy up any evergreen hedgerows you may have in the garden.

So be careful to watch for any birds nesting within your hedges and be aware that it is illegal to disturb nesting birds.

So, have a good look in the hedge before you start to trim.

Provided no birds have claimed it as home you can get on and neaten up your hedges now.

Think water

In the summer, if the weather is unusually dry and arid, we can find ourselves subject to water bans, especially for hosepipes.

This is an excellent time to make sure you are maximising any wastewater.

Gathering rainwater is one way of helping to keep your plants supply healthy, but making sure you water well can also help.

You want to be sure you are watering the roots of your plants.

People often think the rose on the watering can is the best way to make sure the water is well distributed however this is somewhat of a myth.

The roots are where the water is needed, so you are actually better off using the spout and getting each plant watered at the root rather than splashing water around on the leaves.

Turn over

Any soil that you have not yet planted needs to be prepared.

Turning over soil is one of the most backbreaking jobs for gardeners, but it does need to be done.

This is a good time to feed the ground by forking in rotted manure or a good quality compost.

Compost is a good trick to getting the soil to hang onto the water you give it which obviously helps during the summer if the water supply does get low.


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