As the days start getting longer and warmer, it’s clear to see that summer is on its way. May is the perfect time to start spending extra time outdoors, whether it’s sowing seeds and planting out the bedding plants, having a good tidy up or setting up the trampoline for the kids. If you’re after garden inspiration, don’t miss Chelsea Flower Show at the end of the month too.

Get Sowing

Now that the weather is picking up it seems like a perfect time to get growing. May is a fabulous opportunity to start getting the garden ready for summer. Hardy annuals can now be sowed direct, including marigolds, cornflowers, larkspur and poppies. Come summertime, you’ll be greeted by a riot of colour in your beds and borders. Perennials can also be sown in May but this should be done indoors in seed trays to start with. Pansies, geraniums, chrysanthemums and echinacea are all perfect and, once sown, should be placed in a light, cool spot (your windowsill is ideal).

Bank Holidays Ahoy!

With two bank holidays in May, it’s the perfect time to get outdoors and spruce up your garden ready to enjoy the glorious sunshine (hopefully!). Clear your patios of algae and general dirt gathered over winter with a good quality patio cleaner. Give the garden shed a good clear out and clean garden tools to keep them working at their best for longer. Organise your shed by placing the lesser used items to the back and check padlocks for rust and damage. Now’s a great time to give the shed itself a little TLC too. Check for damage to the roof caused by the winter months and make any repairs with roofing felt. Finish with a lick of wood paint to prolong its life. Whilst you’ve got the fence paint out, your fence panels will be ready for a fresh coating too!

Once all the hard work’s done, you’ll want something to relax on. The furniture cover can finally come off your long-forgotten patio set and you’ll be able to wash down your metal garden furniture sets. If your patio set is wooden take a look at our handy care guide here and have it looking its best in no time.

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National BBQ Week

With National BBQ week taking place from 29th May, fingers crossed there’ll be the opportunity to get BBQing. If the BBQ has yet to have its first outing, we’ve got some handy cleaning tips in our blog here to have it looking as good as new and ready for those sizzling steaks. Or why not treat yourself to a shiny, new barbecue this year? Our huge range includes family sized gas and charcoal BBQs for those sunny day banquets, as well as portable and disposable BBQs; perfect for picnics, days out or those last minute ‘quick while the sun’s out’ moments.

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May Check List

Fruit and veg

  • Earth up potatoes
  • Plant celery
  • Plant beans
  • Sow main crop vegetables
  • Feed fruit and veg
  • Check for pests and disease and treat accordingly

Hard gardening

  • Apply greenhouse shading

Ornamental

  • Plant out summer bedding
  • Continue weeding
  • Lift and divide daffodils
  • Plant biennials for next spring
  • Harden off seedlings
  • Tie in climbers
  • Feed shrubs
  • Cut back vigorous rock plants
  • Support tall plants

Lawn

  • Patch repair
  • Apply high nitrogen fertiliser
  • Continue sowing new lawns

Indoor

  • Re-pot orchids after two flowerings
  • Continue feeding
  • Check for pests and disease

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