Spring is in full swing and it’s a busy time for the garden. Spring bulbs are making way for the buds of summer flowers, filled with the promise of colour to come.
Don’t get overwhelmed by endless lists of gardening jobs, it’s time to prioritise. Here are the top gardening jobs for you to rock in May.
Deep organic mulches, such as bark or wood chip, can be used a weed barrier to smother weeds around plants—keep them topped up to a minimum depth of 10-15cm to smother established annual weeds.
Groundcover or landscaping fabrics can be laid over recently cleared soil to suppress re-growth of old weeds and prevent new weeds from establishing. Find the fabric for your needs and this can be a really effective way to keep weeds at bay without resorting to chemical weedkillers.
With a nicely trimmed lawn, you can tidy up the hard to reach areas and borders using an edging iron to finish off the look. During growing season, you can also de-thatch and aerate your lawn. This allows for a better oxygen supply and therefore growth. Plus this will also promote better drainage and help you avoid any compacted areas.
It’s a win-win.
Potatoes are a summer favourite of mine. Super simple to grow, they thrive when planted in the warmer months as they need a higher soil temperature of above 7 degrees Celsius to flower.
They favour a crumbling soil, not doing well in damp moist soil which we should be well rid of by May.
Pop your seed potatoes in an egg bowl to keep them upright until they’re ready. Once the shoots are around 3cm long, they can be planted out.
At this point, a process called ‘mounding’ is the secret is to keep the foliage away from the actual potatoes underground. This is where you pile earth over the emerging shoots to encourage upwards growth.
If this is done correctly, your potatoes will be ready to harvest in a few months. But it largely depends on the planting time of the seed tuber you’ve opted for. So read the packet’s instruction for more information.