Jobs in the Organic Vegetable Back Garden in MayWhat can you do in May in your Organic Veg Back Garden #Growyourown #GIY Click To Tweet
Keep tending the weeds. Just a short time spent weeding each week will save lots of tough, hard work later in the summer.
- Keep thinning seedlings to prevent overcrowding. Remove the weakest, eating the thinnings as you go.
- If you started leeks off in seed trays, plant them out once they’re pencil thickness. Make a hole with a dibber (or something similar); carefully drop the leek into the hole and water in. Avoid filling the hole with soil but let the soil fall in naturally to aid blanching of the stem.
- Keep on sowing. Once a batch of seedlings emerges sow another row which will give you a steady supply over the summer months.
How to get in more crops
Members of the brassica family like cabbages and kale are slow growing and take up a lot of room. Sow quicker growing crops in the gaps such as radish or lettuce (known as intercropping)
Protecting your crops
- Cover strawberry plants with netting before they fruit to prevent birds pecking away at them. Also, lay straw around the bases of the plants which will keep the fruit clean as they’re kept off the soil and harder for the slugs to get to.
- Make bird scarers that can be secured around some of the beds using old CDs tied to canes. The reflections of the sun will help to keep the birds off. Prickly twigs can also be poked into the soil around peas and onion sets to prevent birds (or cats) digging them up.
- Earth up early potatoes by bringing soil up around their stems and remember to protect their tender shoots with horticultural fleece, straw or newspaper if there’s a heavy frost warning.
Updates from Our Organic Vegetable Garden in May
We are now harvesting lettuce. I am slowly winning my fight against the slugs. The best weapons against them are distraction where I use tempting leftovers. Or going slug hunting every night ( The neighbours must think I am crazy when I am out with a torch each night !!). Read about Slug wars Here and find out how I fight slug s organically.
Scallion/ Spring Onion Update
The baby scallions are getting bigger. These are a purple bulb variety and they are small but growing well . They are growing better than the carrots next to them which still haven’t sprouted and I am wondering if it is the seeds I got that are the problem or my lack of skill? You can see my attempts to grow carrots in The Great Carrot Experiment.
Early tomatoes are in the ground and staked and looking healthy. I pinched out the side shoot to get taller plants and prevent bushing. The watering system I put in place HERE seems to be working well and I have now mulched the bottom of them with straw to help keep the water at the roots. I will give them some organic feed soon when the hail stops! And we have our first baby tomatoes.
Ruby Chard Update
The Ruby Chard is doing well. I think it is because slugs don’t seem to like it or Oregano for that matter, both are passed over. I haven’t grown chard before but I am trying it out this year and am happy so far.
I am so happy the strawberries are starting to set looks like another good crop this year if the weather picks up. June is the start of the season for my strawberries they may be a tad late into June this year, I have mulch under them to keep the strawberries off the soil and I check for “runners” every couple of days and remove them.
Garlic and Chives update
The Garlic and Chives are thriving. I seem to have the touch with bulb type growing ( not with carrots obviously !!) but these are going really well and I will have a decent crop. I also have two cucumber plants which are still indoors, later blooming cherry tomatoes to go outside, two courgettes and a pepper plant all of which I was very grateful were indoors when the hail struck, my decision to baby them a bit longer was a wise one.
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