Published: 13 May 2014
Ed's May Checklist
Now the growing season is really underway Ed identifies plenty of jobs to be done out in the garden.
If you like rhubarb, it is a good time to plant out some new rhubarb crowns. I am planting three different varieties this year, they are Timperley Early, Victoria and Glaskin’s perpetual.
 
By growing this selection, it will give you some nice early sticks, from Timperley early, which produces pink stems speckled with apple green with a delicious flavour, with Victoria this produces some medium size green sticks with a sweet juicy flavour and will supply you with a good crop for many years. Glaskin’s perpetual like Victoria are both late maturing rhubarbs, but Glaskin’s perpetual will produce large long bright right sticks, which are juicy with a good flavour and will remain very productive for many seasons.
 
Prepare your planting holes with some well-rotted manure or garden compost; give the root ball a good soak before planting them. Once the crowns are in position water well until established and enjoy your rhubarb for many years to come.
 
 

Other Jobs

Give formal hedges like Yew and Box a trim.
 
Continue watering and feeding Dahlia tubers in their pots or open ground.


Continue to sow hardy annuals like Poppies, Cornflowers and Calendulas just to name a few, where you would like them to grow, don’t forget to protect them from the birds and possible bad weather, horticultural fleece and some canes are ideal. 
 
Plant out autumn sown Sweet Peas; make sure to put supports in place for them to grow up.
 
On your flowerbeds, give them a top dressing of well-rotted manure or garden compost, do this by spreading it across the top and giving it a light forking in.
Apply a general fertiliser around your Roses, to encourage strong growth.
 
Start to keep a lookout for early aphids and caterpillars on your plants.
 
Plant out garden pea seedlings when they are big enough to handle at about 5 to 7.5 cm high.
 

Under cloches start to sow Celery, French beans, Marrows and Parsnips.
 
Plant out runner bean seeds in pots or the open ground.
 
Finish sowing Asters, African or French Marigolds to ensure flowering later this year.
 
Continue to remove weeds as they grow, annual seedlings can go on to the compost heap.
 
Continue to mow your lawns just enough to stop the grass from getting away, but do not cut it to short to cause scalping it or scuffing the soil if it is still wet.
 
Plant out onions that you have raised in cell trays in the glasshouse.
 
Plant early and main crop potatoes out on your plot, I grow on a clay soil and have found Red Duke of York, Desiree and Pink Fur Apple just to name a few that have produce a good crop, give them a good start by lining the bottom of your trenches with some well-rotted manure or garden compost.
Reported by Ed Gent  
   
 

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