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Gardening advice for the month of May

By Paul Hervey-Brookes

Summer is just around the corner and Spring flowers are beginning to fade, now is the time to inject colour into the garden with hardy and half hardy plants. This is probably best done towards the latter half of the month to avoid late frosts. Daffodils, tulips and hyacinth bulbs can be lifted after the leaves have died down. They can be put into your greenhouse to dry off ready for replanting in autumn. Primulas and polyanthus can be lifted and divided after they have finished flowering and now is the best time to plant lavender.

Window boxes, hanging baskets and planters can all be filled with bright, colourful plants and flowers to add instant interest in the garden.
Paul Hervey-Brookes

Herbaceous plants that grow to over 1ft high can have supports placed around them. This can be done with bought supports or twiggy pea sticks.

As the weather becomes warmer continue to water seedlings and use liquid feed on those established plants. Ensure you’re hand weeding between newly growing flowers and veg seedlings. Prepare your green house for the hot weather and either install blinds or paint to protect your younger plants from wilting. Clean you water butt out ready for fresh storage of water during rainy seasons. 

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Paul Hervey-Brookes

Paul had his own highly successful landscape design business, and has also designed a range of gardening gifts for Marks & Spencers.

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