May is finally here and it has brought the sunshine with it. It is time to get on with the gardening so here are my recommended jobs for May in the Organic Garden. Also, the other day was World Naked Gardening day I did not get my clothes off, it was still not warm enough in Ireland. But my Bee tattoo was out and about – I love my queen bee she represents my love Gardening and where I grew up, Manchester and reminds me to Stay strong.
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In the Organic Vegetable garden in May
- Harvest the Rhubarb and use it to make fantastic recipes like Tasty Rhubarb & Custard Oat Crumble or Almond Strawberry Rhubarb Pie.
- If you started carrots or radishes or spring onions outside – thin them out now
- Harden off outdoor tomatoes, courgettes and pumpkins for planting early next month. I do this by bringing them out each day then bringing them in at night.
- Weed around your onions and garlic to reduce competition for nutrients and water.
- Use 8ft bamboo canes to make supports for your runner beans.
- Take out all of the last over winter crops
- Harvest Spring cabbages like Greyhound.
- Pot up pepper seedlings from starter pots into bigger pots
- Weed all your beds to keep on top of them
- Earth up your the potatoes until the canopy of foliage is closed over. The tubers start to swell as the plants come to flower, but don’t be tempted to harvest until the flower trusses are fully out. Potatoes are easy to please, but they need water at this point to produce a good crop. If a dry period coincides with flowering give them a water.
- Vine weevil can sometimes cause quite a problem so it may be an idea to use a biological nematode – simply mix into a solution and water plants when larvae are active.
In the Organic Fruit Garden
The fruit trees are starting to blossom it is so pretty, here are some tips to help them form fruit
- Hang pheromone traps in plum trees from now until August to monitor Plum fruit moth activity. These traps also work for apple tree moths.
- Net your strawberries to protect them from birds if that is a problem.
- Erect netting around your soft fruits to prevent birds eating your crop. Scaffold netting is very good and you can get used netting free from builders sometimes.
- Give Rhubarb a feed of manure, they will love it.
May in the Organic greenhouse
- Harden off veggies to get them used to outdoor life
- Continue pricking out and potting on seedlings and cuttings.
- Plant greenhouse tomatoes in beds or growing bags or pots in the greenhouse
- Ventilate your greenhouse on warm days.
- You can use blinds to help reduce sun glare
- Damp down your greenhouse on hot days to increase humidity and deter red spider mites.
- Hang fly traps throughout the greenhouse to monitor levels of whitefly, thrips and other pest
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If you have a lawn it is time to start cutting again, we did ours this week. In the herb garden, I have planted out Dill and Oregano. It is so nice to see plants coming back like the Rosemary and mint and Thyme even the Parlsey.
And my favourite Supermarket – Lidl has another special offer to start you off on your vegetable garden journey. They are trying to get kids growing and eating veggies with Food Heroes and you can collect your FREE seed pots is fun and simple. You have until 1st July 2018 to collect all 20 varieties, just do your weekly shopping and every 20 euros spent you get a free pot. You can also purchase gardening gloves for €2.99 and gardening tools for €3.99 to help you grow your own. I have the gardening tools they are great.
I hope you enjoyed this post and you are tempted if you have never grown your own to give it a go. You can find other gardening posts here Organic Vegetable Gardening Posts on Snapshot and Snippets.
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