Jobs for May

Earthing up potatoes

May is a month when we can get caught out by late frosts, mini-droughts and heat waves so be sure to keep plants and seedlings well watered.

To do

  • Earth up potatoes by using a hoe to pull up the soil when they are approximately 23cm (9″) high. For extra support use a hoe to place soil up around the base of the stems of broad beans.
  • If weather conditions allow, runner and french beans raised under glass can be planted out towards the end of the month.
  • Seeds could also be sown outdoors at this time under cloches. However, for an early crop sow two seeds per deep pot in the greenhouse or on a windowsill, thinning out to leave the strongest seedling for planting outside in late May or June.
  • Marrow, courgette and sweet corn should be sown in the greenhouse and also outdoors at the end of the month, into early June.
  • There are also a number of other subjects which may be sown either outside or under cloches during early May including broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, peas, lettuce, radish, spinach and swede.
  • Baby vegetables are becoming very popular especially where space is limited. Many can be sown at this time and, with the exception of sweet corn, can be grown in containers and growbags on the patio as well as in the vegetable garden. However, should soil conditions be cold and wet delay sowing

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