Jobs To Do In May

It's May and windowsills greenhouses and polytunnels are jammed packed with seedlings popping up all over the place.  Although the weather has warmed up you should resist putting things out to early. There is still frosts happening and you don't want to get caught out with the last frost.


Gardening shows are starting in earnest with RHS Spring Show Malvern due to start in just a few days. You're probably putting as much time into your garden as you do your job at the moment, but it will all be worth it over the coming months.

It's been a weird winter and although spring is in the air winter doesn't quite want to let go of her grasp. Over the next few week though all hell will break lose and the last frost will come and go. This is the time we have all been waiting for, so enjoy it!

What To Sow Now

  • Sweetcorn
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Onions (sets)
  • Late crop potatoes
  • Runner Beans
  • Dwarf French Beans
  • French Beans
  • Marrows
  • Pumpkins
  • Squash
  • Melon
  • Courgette

Plant Out Now

  • Fruit trees that are in pots
  • Onions
  • Shallots
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Broad Beans
  • Beetroot
  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Potatoes
  • Runner Beans (After Last Frost)
  • French Beans (After Last Frost)
  • Borlottie Beans (After Last Frost)
  • Peas
  • Sweet Peas

Jobs To Do

  • Set Up Slug Beer Traps
  • Release Nematodes for other Garden Pests
  • Think about Companion Planting
  • Watch out for Saw Fly on your Gooseberries
  • Feed Coneflowers
  • Support Tall Perennials
  • Deadhead Camillias
  • Plant out Pot  Grown Shrubs
  • Mulch Mulch Mulch
  • Divide Primulas
  • Sow  beans in root trainers or pots
  • Plant a herb bed
  • Clear pond of debris and rotting matter
  • Fit automatic openers to greenhouses
  • Put up shade netting
companion planting
Bug Hotel
earthing up potatoes
  • Plant tomatoes in large containers
  • Bring pot grown strawberries under cover for an early crop
  • Check for signs of pests and disease
  • Pot up tuberous Begonias
  • Harden off plants waiting to go out
  • Thin out peach crops
  • Set up support structure for your beans
  • Earth up potatoes sown in the ground
  • Place soft tops on canes to protect your eyes
  • Feed house plants weekly with a liquid feed
  • Clean decking of algae
  • Put up bug hotels, Solitary Bee Boxes
  • Build a Pond
  • Feed your bees
  • Encourage natural predators into your garden
  • Check your wormery
  • Turn your compost

There may be loads of greenery appearing in your tunnel or greenhouse, but don't forget that Mr Frost is still about, so don't be tempted to place your seedling our too early and undo all your hard work. Don't forget to visit our Youtube Channel and subscribe to see growing guides and how to's. There is loads of stuff to keep you entertained while you're not in the garden or the plot.