Here are some of the jobs I'd recommend doing now:
The key to creating a spectacular patio display is remembering to water, feed, and dead-head your bedding plants.
• Water plants regularly to allow for May's warmer temperatures.
• Feed plants regularly with a high potash fertiliser to boost the number of flowers.
• Dead-head your plants once the flowers have finished to stop them from going to seed.
Give your lawn a summer feed in May and you'll really see the difference later. By feeding your lawn now, not only will it be greener, it will put down a better root system – vital if we have any droughts this summer.
It's a really fun time in your kitchen garden at the moment because you can plant so many things. I like to put out runner beans, which are delicious and easy to grow. Rather than buy complete plants, it's better value (and just as straight forward) to grow runner bean seeds.
1. You can grow the runner beans in a wigwam of canes, or along a length of cane.
2. Plant the seeds about 1.5" deep.
3. I like to grow sweet peas with my runner beans because not only do they look pretty, the sweet pea flowers attract bees that help pollinate the runner beans flowers and ensure you get a better crop.
Something else you can grow is tomatoes – a fruit I'm mad about! Here's a handy tip: grow pots of basil next to your tomato plants to keep away whitefly – a common tomato pest. The herb's smell repels the whitefly, plus basil is a perfect at meal times.