| MAY 2018
MAY Gardening Our gardening writer Ellen Mary brings Places&Faces® readers more useful tips
he month when us
gardeners are busy sowing seeds, thinning out seedlings and potting on like crazy as the lawn suddenly needs more mowing and the dawn chorus wakes us up to remind us the garden awaits. May is generally warmer but still keep an eye on the weather for potential late frosts. It’s a fantastic month for watching garden wildlife, since everything is awake and busy enjoying sunnier days and colourful flowers.
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Whatever size garden, balcony or patio you have planting up a pretty hanging basket can make all of the difference. Include some slow release fertiliser and make sure the soil doesn’t totally dry out and keep them protected until all risk of frost has passed. There are some gorgeous varieties of trailing plants, why not try some double Petunia Tumbelina in greens and lilacs or purple and pink Petunia with bright yellow Bidens ‘Goldita’ for a stand out basket. There is lots of planting to be done so as long as the soil isn’t too wet, Dahlias can be planted outside, along with
Gladioli. Both look amazing in a vase, so if you have enough space to plant just a few more simply for cutting, it’s well worth it. Try Gladioli ‘Green Star’ with ‘Princess Anne’ for a striking mix of bright colours. It’s time to get on top of the weeds. They will be growing in your garden, allotment and even pop up in your containers and pots. As the Summer draws closer, if you don’t control them now it will be much harder in the months to come. Hand weeding is the best way to ensure the roots are completely lifted but otherwise a hoe around your plants will help to do the trick. If you are unfortunate enough to have any particularly nasty weeds, then its time to get digging! FRUIT & VEGETABLES
If you’ve forced any Rhubarb by excluding light from the crown, you should now be able to harvest the first of those delicious stems. You will need to sharply pull them away and chop them up fresh for a tasty rhubarb and banana crumble. Always rotate the crowns which are forced each year to allow each to rejuvenate for following years.
Places & Faces, Norfolk & Suffolk, May 2018