Sandy Lane, Yarnton, Kidlington, Oxon. OX5 1PA    Tel. 01865 372124    Mon - Sat 9.00am - 5.30pm   Sun 10.30am - 4.30pm

Advice & Tips

To Do This Month

Temperatures are rising and the days are longer, - it’s time to take pleasure from your garden during the days and evenings.

• Feed local wildlife – hedgehogs, and fresh water for the birds, both for drinking and bathing - fledgling food for young birds, or kibbled peanuts/ any fine seed, suet in the morning or late at night

• Now threat of frost has passed - plant out summer bedding, Hang up summer baskets, and position containers outside

• Hanging baskets and containers need watering daily, - twice a day if it gets hot, best done early morning or later in the evening.

• Mow lawns at least once a week, and add the clippings to your compost heap

• Edge the lawn to keep it looking neat

• Harvest lettuce, radish, early potatoes, strawberries

• Hoe borders regularly to keep down weeds

• Pinch out side-shoots on tomatoes, to encourage the fruits to form on the main stem, and maybe plant either marigolds or basil to help avoid whitefly

• Shade greenhouses to keep them cool and prevent scorching

• Plant out courgettes, squash, sweetcorn now the risk of frost has passed

• Stake and support tall flowering plants

• Plant out runner beans, French beans, peas

• Lift and divide over-crowded clumps of bulbs once the leaves have started to yellow -bluebells and snowdrops and replant the divided bulbs for more colour next year

• Pick sweet peas to encourage more to flower

• Continue to earth up potatoes

• Start to prune any cherry or plum trees

• Turn to compost in compost bins to help keep aerated

• Protect delphiniums, lilly and hostas from slugs and snails

• Spray roses to protect from pests and diseases

• Spread mulch around plants to retain moisture

• Sow outdoors – beetroot, carrots, courgettes, French beans, lettuce, marrow, peas, pak choi, pumpkins, radish, runner beans, salad leaves, sweetcorn and turnips

• Give your wooden garden furniture a facelift

• Water crops in grow-bags and pots daily

• Cover strawberries with netting to protect ripening fruits from the birds

• Apply a combined weed, feed and mosskiller

• Pick Sweet peas as soon as they flower, to encourage more blooms

• Start to prune Cherry and Plum trees

• Use water butt rainwater to water your plants

Most of all – enjoy your garden! – The days are longer, and the weather warmer.