Monday , May 29 2017

The more and more busy days are keeping us out in the garden for all the jobs that need to be done, now that the days are warmer and longer. There are a lot of plants that can be propagate now from cuttings, a lot of work in the vegetable garden and keeping the lawn, hedges and beds in shape by mowing, trimming and weeding. Another important thing that need to be done now is regular feeding and watering.

Now is time to sow seeds of wallflowers and forget-me-nots and biennial flowers like honesty and Canterbury bells in a nursery bed. Also you can continue sowing directly into borders hardy annuals.

Late Spring

Lift and divide primulas, forget-me-nots and polyanthus. Finish planting out annual climbers and start training new growth and flower stems of perennial climbers like clematis, honeysuckle and climbing  roses. Support the developing flower stems of tall plants like lilies, gladioli, peonies or delphiniums, especially if they are in an exposed garden.

Keep your borders in full shape by regular forking to relieve compaction of soil and remove weeds. Also fork in a general fertilizer round established plants. Roses also need a generous feeding round the base, taking care not to harm their roots when forking. Help fruiting trees and bushes by spreading a thick layer of garden compost round them to conserve soil moisture.

Mint is used in many dishes but if is not grown in pots it may become invasive in your garden. Lift and divide mint this season but make sure to remove as much as possible of the roots spreading out from the plant to prevent it to spread.

Tuck straw under strawberries to protect the fruits from rotting or being spoiled by rain-splashed soil and slugs. If you do not wish to propagate your strawberries from runners then remove them to conserve the mother plant energy. If you want to propagate your strawberries then keep only 5 or 6 runners per plant and peg them into small pots of peat-free compost which have been sunk into the ground around the parent plant.

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