Sunday, 28 May 2006

End of May

By the end of May the plot is just about set out, leaving room for a few successional sowings. It's been a wet end to the month, which is just as well because previously it had been very dry. It's a good time to get a mulch on, to feed the soil and keep the moisture in.

Saturday, 20 May 2006


For me the main problems are with slugs and snails and pigeons, particularly on the brassicas. I find that sprinkling a circle of lime around each brassica plant is usually sufficient to deter slugs and snails but this year a heavier infestation means I have had to resort to slug pellets. I create a trap by putting a few pellets under a margarine tub where there is no danger of the birds eating them or the dead slugs and dispose of them each morning, renewing the pellets where necessary. I hang old CDs over the brassica plants, these blow around in the wind and reflect the sun; this keeps the pigeons off, although people with a serious problem use netting.

Sunday, 14 May 2006

Saturday, 13 May 2006

Planting out

By the middle of May it's time for PLANTING OUT, firstly the brassicas and then, once the danger or frost has passed, the flowers.

Sunday, 7 May 2006

Outside now at the beginning of May the potatoes are coming through and need earthing up, the broad beans are flowering, the first row of peas is up so it's time to sow another, the sweet peas need planting out; the trees are in leaf and blossoming and all around everything is spurting into growth!

Cherry tree blossom

Sowing another row of peas

Earthing up potatoes

Hardening off

In May it's time to move plants from the greenhouse to the coldframe for a week or two to acclimatise them to conditions outside prior to planting out. This is called HARDENING OFF.