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It's pleasurable to work in your garden in finer weather and May is the start of the summer!

  • From the middle of the month onwards in the south, plant bedding plants, tender exotics, frost-tender vegetables and sweet pea plants started off under glass. Wait until the end of the month in the north and Scotland.
  • Keep on top of weeding and hoeing.
  • Bring out frost-tender trees and shrubs from the conservatory once the danger of frost has passed.
  • Plant up outdoor tubs, troughs, window-boxes and hanging buckets in the middle of this month at the earliest.
  • Water the vegetable patch regularly in dry weather.
  • Continue deadheading and feeding spring-flowering bulbs.
  • Divide polyanthus and primroses after flowering.
  • Clear spring-flowering plants.
  • Sow swede, beetroot, maincrop carrots, autumn cabbage, autumn/winter cauliflowers, broccoli, peas, radish, lettuce and spring onions.
  • Sow frost-tender vegetables, e.g. French and runner beans, sweetcorn, courgettes and pumpkins.
  • Plant frost-tender vegetables once the danger of frost has passed, but harden them off first.
  • Continue earthing up potatoes.
  • Harvest lettuce, radishes, rocket and over-wintering onions.
  • Harvest baby potatoes.
  • Plant out tomatoes sweet peppers, chillies, aubergines, melons and cucumbers in late May.
  • Feed established lawns if not done in April.
  • Remove weeds.
  • Mow lawns weekly.

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Coming soon this spring - come back for more hints and tips from Alan on your late-spring projects.