Perfect Weekend Gardening Jobs in May
Make the most of the weekend with our Gardening Angel’s top tips for gardening jobs and make your garden or plot the envy of all.
Planting out Chillies & Tomatoes
Chillies & Tomatoes sown in January-March in Vitopod Propagators will now be ready to move into their next pot. It is likely this will be your plant’s final pot, so ensure it is large enough for your plant to grow and positioned appropriately, as it could be difficult to move when plants are fully grown.
Fill your new pots with fine multi-purpose compost. Gently remove your plant from its existing pot, complete with compost, and transplant into its final pot. If you are using Organic Seedling Pots, simply plant the whole pot. Always ensure you give your plants a good watering once transplanted.
By growing your own chillies and tomatoes with a Holiday-Proof Planter, you can keep your plant watered for up to 14 days and 2x larger harvests!
Earth up Potatoes
Spuds planted in March or early April should be showing long healthy shoots above the compost. By earthing up your potatoes, you can increase the number of potatoes grown from each tuber and protect your spuds from damaging sun exposure.
Earthing up is the name given to the process of covering shoots with additional compost. When shoots are showing 10cm above the compost, cover them with more compost to leave just 4cm shoots showing at the tip.
Repeat this process every time shoots reach 10cm tall. If you are growing in a Quadgrow Root Vegetable Planter, repeat until there is a gap of 3-5 cm between the top of the pot and your compost.
Read our Potato Growing Guide and learn how to grow your own bumper potato crops.
Pesky weeds will be popping up faster than your crops as the soil warms up. Check under leaves of crops as well as between rows and gently remove with a weeding fork.
Sow & Plant into Warm Soil
Warm up your veg plot with a ground preparation fleece before sowing or planting out. When temperatures rise during May, seeds and plants will grow rapidly, however when temperatures drop, plant growth grinds to a halt.
A gardening fleece will keep temperatures up, whilst being permeable enough to allow air and moisture through, ensuring healthy growth. The added bonus of a gardening fleece is it will help diffuse strong light, providing shading and preventing damaging scorching.
Take Cuttings of Annual Bedding Plants
Top Tip: The night before taking cuttings, give your plants a good watering, then take cuttings early the following morning. This will ensure they are full of water, leading to increased cuttings success rates. Find out more about how, when and what cuttings to take with our Spring Cuttings Guide.
Thin Out Seedlings
Seedlings sown in rows can quickly grow into each other’s space, taking up vital water and nutrients, effectively reducing your eventual harvest.
Use a dibber to gently remove excess seedlings whilst protecting their roots and transplant healthy seedlings elsewhere. Once you have thinned out your seedlings, water your remaining seedlings to allow the surrounding compost to re-settle.
Set up a Safe Haven for Beneficial Garden Wildlife
Butterflies and bees are valuable pollinators that are always more than welcome in the garden. You can attract these beneficial bugs by sowing colourful wildflower seeds and providing them with food and a safe place to stay. With May’s unpredictable weather, a butterfly house or bee log is brilliant for these bugs survival, as it will provide a safe place to hide from the rain.
See how else you can help garden wildlife and keep troublesome pests at bay with our brilliant collection of garden wildlife essentials.
Watch out for Slugs & Snails
Use an organic slug barrier and stop slugs eating your plants. Warm temperatures of 5°C or higher, moisture and tasty new plants make the perfect breeding ground for slugs. An organic slug deterrent will create an abrasive and irritating barrier, so slugs go off and feed elsewhere.
Did you know Hedgehogs can gobble up to 80 slugs per night? Hedgehogs are just coming out of hibernation so provide them with a safe place to stay and they will happily repay you by taking care of those pesky slugs for you!
If you have any more questions about gardening jobs for the bank holiday weekend or any general gardening questions, please feel free to get in touch with our Gardening Angels on 0845 602 3774 or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re always happy to help!