Tips for May 2022

May 2, 2022 8:11 am Published by

Lift and divide overcrowded daffodil clumps. Gently separate offsets from parent bulbs and replant immediately, at a depth of three times the bulbs height.

Place pheromone traps in apple and pear trees at the beginning of the month to reduce the the fruit being affected by codling moth.

To maintain shape, cut back the flowered stems of Forsythia and Ribes (flowering  currant) to shoots lower down.

Cover currant bushes bushes and raspberry canes with anti – bird nets.

Continue successional sowing of carrots, beetroot, spinach, and other salad crops.

Earth up potatoes, drawing soil around the stems, to prevent tubers becoming green. Continue this process on a regular basis until June.

Harvest rhubarb from established crowns as stalks reach 23-30 cm (9-12 ins). Pull do not cut stalks taking no more than half at any one time. Do not harvest from newly planted crowns for two years.

Plant out summer bedding plants at the end of the month. You can plant up containers and hanging baskets, but keep under cover until the end of May.

Water newly planted trees and shrubs regularly and thoroughly as the weather warms to prevent drought. Water in the evenings or early morning so less water is lost to evaporation.

There is still time in early May to over-seed patchy lawns. Rake the soil so the surface is fine and crumbly before sowing seed. Keep seed and seedlings watered during prolonged dry spells.