May, in the garden

It’s time to plant up your tubs and hanging baskets for Summer colour in the garden. Don’t forget we are still getting cold winds and even some frosts so make sure they are covered at night with a cloche or fleece until the end of the month.

Prune Spring flowering shrubs such as Forsythia, Ribes, Chaemoneles, Pyracantha and Kerria as soon as they have finished flowering.
Put a good layer of bark mulch around established shrubs and trees to conserve moisture and suppress those ever advancing weeds.

Check your fruit plant supports, replace and damaged wire or wooden stakes and tie in the young emerging shoots.

Sow sweet corn in deep pots for transplanting outside in June. Keep an eye on the potatoes and earth up the shoots to encourage a higher yielding crop.