What to do in the garden in May

After a really dry spring some rain has finally arrived, which has been a great relief for gardeners and their rather parched plants! There is lots to do in the garden at the moment so here are some jobs to be getting on with this month.

Top 10 jobs this month

  1. Protect tender plants from unexpected late frosts.
  2. Earth up potatoes, and promptly plant any still remaining
  3. Prepare your hanging baskets and troughs and plant out summer bedding at the end of the month (except in cold areas). In our region, this should be fine.
  4. Water early and late to get the most out of your water, recycle and conserving water whenever possible with water butts.
  5. Regularly hoe off weeds – they are growing vigourously now.
  6. Open greenhouse vents and doors on warm days, especially important if you are trying to harden off some plants.
  7. Mow lawns weekly
  8. Check for nesting birds before clipping hedges
  9. Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs
  10. Give your plants the ‘Chelsea Chop’. This pruning method, which involves cutting back your herbaceous perennials by as much as half, delays flowering, ensures plants are not so tall and leggy, that they need less staking and gives more numerous flowers. See the RHS website for a list of suitable plants to trim.