Let's Garden, gardening tips

The soft weather comes to the garden in May.  There's much work to be done in the vegetable patch, with an accumulation of tasks to be carrried out ! The potatoes and beans have to be earthed up, the tomatoes planted, along with the gherkins, the pumpkins, the marrows, the courgettes, the pumpkins, the melons, ,etc..  You should start watering again if the weather is dry.  There's not much to do in the orchard.  Just treat the first third of the trunk of the trees with lime or thin out the fruit on trees which have too many.

However in the ornamental garden, nature is back in action and the gardener has a lot of work on his hands.  This is your last chance to plant the last Summer and Autumn flowering bulbs , so hurry up ! The summer annuals and begonias must also be planted now, as well as outdoor biannuals.  Get rid of the wilted leaves and suckers on your rose trees.  The bushes which have lost their leaves like the lilacs and forsythias should be trimmed.  Don't forget to install stakes for the big plants like peonies, dahlias, marguerittes and hollyhocks to avoid them falling over.

On the balcony, now is the time to recuperate the onions from the bulb plants and to sow the rustic annuals.  Summer flowers like ixias and freesias should now be planted in the garden boxes and watered heavily especially in dry weather !

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