Top Jobs for May

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Top 10 jobs for May:

  • Watch out for late frosts and protect tender plants.
  • Earth up potatoes, and promptly plant any still remaining.
  • Plant out summer bedding at the end of the month and hopefully there will be no more frosts from then onwards.
  • Regularly hoe off weeds.
  • Open greenhouse vents and doors on warm days.
  • Mow lawns weekly. Check for nesting birds before clipping hedges.
  • Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs.
  • Harden off young plants after all risk of frost has passed this month, plant out tomatoes, courgettes and pumpkins that were previously sown under cover. Other young plants can be planted out once conditions are suitable, and once they’ve been hardened off as well.
  • Pull off suckers appearing around the base of fruit trees then liquid feed any fruit trees growing in pots with a balanced feed every fortnight.
  • On fan-trained trees remove any wayward shoots and tie in better placed ones. Wayward shoots are those that are growing outwards away from the fan shape.