• The Chichester Gardener

Gardening jobs for May


Spring is here!

Suddenly there is heaps to do in the garden so get ahead now whilst you can!

Harvest

Asparagus, rhubarb, first of the broad beans.

Plant

Last chance for main chitted potatoes and earth up.

Summer flowering bulbs such as lilies and

gladiolus.

Brassicas and leeks to final positions.

Plant out hardened off perennials and annuals

Sow

Tomatoes, sweetcorn, squash, beans,

salads undercover.

Hardy annuals and perennials.

Radish, cabbage, parsnip, beetroot,

spinach and chard direct.

The frosts aren't quite over yet so remember to protect seedlings and new growth!

Lawns

Start mowing if you haven't already,

but not too short yet!

Trim lawn edges for a nice straight edge.

Reseed any bare lawn patches or lay turf.

Feed

Prune

Eunonymus

Viburnum (evergreen varieties).

Forsythia.

Dead foliage on perennials.

But DON'T cut back the foliage of your spring flowering bulbs, let them dies back naturally first!

Cut back the first flush of choisya flowers for a second autumn showing.

Pinch out the tips of broad beans when the pods first appear.

Hedges of Leyland cypress, Escallonia and privet but not if birds are nesting within!

Mulch

Perennials, shrubs, borders and soft fruit.

Surround strawberries with straw to protect the coming fruit and net fro the birds.

Support

Tie in new growth of climbers, clematis, honeysuckle, sweet peas, roses.

Stake/support perennials while you can.

Build bamboo supports for beans.

Weeds - get them under control now!

Enjoy the warmth of spring!