Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Jayne's Topical Tips

Jobs for May
Harden off seedlings under cloches. Protect seed beds against birds. Watch out for insect pests and take protective measures. Continue weeding. Earth up early potatoes protect soil if frost threatens. Support peas and start side shooting tomatoes. Keep lawn edges cut as this makes garden look tidy even if there's no time to mow the grass. Sow under cover: broccoli, cauliflower, courgettes, cucumbers, kale, marrows and sweet corn. Sow in open: broad, French & runner beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, fennel, lettuce, peas, radish, spinach, swedes, pumpkins, squash and turnips.Divide primulas & polyanthus after flowering. Check lilies for lily beetle larvae and treat with Provado. Plant up baskets, pots and containers. Move or divide spring flowering bulbs. Water & ventilation are vital for greenhouses. Tie in raspberry & blackberry canes to avoid wind damage to new canes. Plant herb seed in pots. Regular spraying of roses is essential - try to do this every 14 days.