The Idle Mole Gardening School
Here are our top tips on what to be doing in the garden this month;
Keep on top of weeds by hoeing regularly and applying weedkiller.
Pinch outside shoots on tomato plants and bedding plants to promote better growth and flowering (remove flowers too on your tomatoes, it sounds harsh but it is worth it).
Harvest lettuce, radish and other salad veg.
Summer hanging baskets and containers can safely be put outside now.
Plant out summer bedding for instant colour and interest summer long.
Shade greenhouses to keep them cool and protect plants from sun scorch.
Continue to feed the garden with a fertiliser such as Growmore or Miracle Grow.
Mow the lawn regularly.
Keep a check on watering as plants will dry out quickly.
Rhododendrons can be pruned lightly after flowering, any hard pruning should wait until the following spring.
This month is about getting your garden in shape for the summer months ahead. There is possibly the best choice of bedding plants available at this time of year, with many different colours, textures and varieties to choose from. Get creative and have fun with your baskets and containers, try new colour schemes and experiment with different leaf colours and textures. Summer bedding is also great for filling in gaps in borders. They will add instant colour to any spot needing some brightening up!
Now is the perfect time to plant climbers to brighten up those dull fences and walls. There is a huge range to choose from to suit all positions, some of which are evergreen for year round coverage.
We have a series of Garden School Events and workshops designed to walk you through the most important gardening moments of the year.