Seasonal Tips for May

  • Earth up potatoes.
 
  • Sow wallflowers, pansies, and Bellis perennis from now onwards for spring bedding next year.
 
  • Deadhead tulips and daffodils & apply Vitax Organic Liquid Seaweed. Allow foliage to die down naturally.
 
  • Put supports in place for herbaceous plants before they are too tall.
 
  • Liquid feed plants in containers with Tub and Hanging Basket feed every two to four weeks. Pot on plants showing signs of being root bound. Check for vine weevil in the rootball (creamy, orange-headed maggots).
 
  • Inspect lilies for the scarlet lily beetle and gooseberries for sawfly. Both can strip a plant in days. Spray with Provado.
 
  • Protect new growth from slugs and snails.
 
  • Apply Evergreen Complete to fertilise lawns and control moss and weeds. Neudorff Cleanlawn is a good organic alternative lawn fertiliser and mosskiller. Lawn seed can still be sown with good results.
 
  • Protect carrots with enviromesh to prevent carrot root fly.
 
  • Put up codling moth traps in apple trees.