Gardening jobs for May

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Richard JacksonHi! There's so much happening in the garden right now, and with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show taking place this week, in May you really see gardening at its best!

Here are some of the jobs I'd recommend doing now:

Patio plants

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.

Lawn

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.

Kitchen garden

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.

Richard

16 Comments

  1. Emma May 18, 2008 at 4:49 am -  Reply

    Richard
    I have a standard ceanothus in a very large pot. Last year it flowered beautifully and this year it’s started to lose it’s leaves, and there are no flowers. Can you advise what might be causing this please?
    Thank you.

  2. sharon lockhart May 20, 2008 at 7:56 pm -  Reply

    hi richard i have just bought the tsv daylillies . i m going to grow them in containers can you advise me of the size of containers i will need i need to get them before my plants arrive thanks for your advice
    sharon

  3. Paula May 26, 2008 at 12:24 am -  Reply

    Richard,
    I bought sweet tomato today special value but was unable to collect parsel for few days. I watered plants before planting in bags and pouches. I placed them outside and they were healthy for few days. I used root booster and flower power but they all seem to be dying. I wanted to know what i’ve done wrong.

  4. Doreen Catchpole May 29, 2008 at 2:13 am -  Reply

    Richard
    Awhile ago on one of your programmes a gentleman asked you if your’ Flower Power’ could be used in a feeder spray system. and what would be the quantity of Flower Power required. Is there an answer to this query? As I have a large garden and use your Flower Power, it would be more convenient to use my feeder sprayer.

  5. jocelyn barksby May 29, 2008 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    can you please advise me how I can keep cats off my garden we sick of pick up their mess!!!!

  6. Gloria May 30, 2008 at 9:13 pm -  Reply

    hello richard
    I have a mini Malus Domestica Apple Tree that grows to approximately 150cm.
    I have it in a round wooden barrel 59 X 43cm deep on the patio.
    It has blossomed but the tiny fruits seem to be falling off, could you please advise me as to what I am doing wrong.
    Thank you.
    May I also add how much I enjoy your programme I have picked up a lot of little ideas from you, and also the plants have always been excellent. I have just received the new blue bizzie lizzie and I can’t wait to see it in all its glory.
    cheers richard look forward to your next programme.
    regards Gloria

  7. Susan Bell June 25, 2008 at 10:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    My Abutilon Jermyns doesn’t seem to be doing very well. The leaves are turning yellow. It’s in a large pot, multi purpose compost, used root booster, spray with Spray & Grow and I feed with Flower Power. What am I doing wrong? It was an expensive plant so I don’t want to lose it.
    Many thanks and kind regards
    Susan

  8. angela August 2, 2008 at 6:06 pm -  Reply

    Dear Richard
    I have a jasmine that grows wonderfully every year. (fiona sunrise). However, she never flowers!
    I have read so much reading matter, followed all advice but still no flowers. She has her own corner of the garden in full sun and the foliage is spectacular.
    Can you please help?

  9. maureen moore August 4, 2008 at 10:09 pm -  Reply

    Hello Richard,
    I have bought many plants from you over the past few years, however, I bought the Peony Bushes/Trees which were the TSV earlier this year, they started to grow very well, even got large buds on them but sadly they didnt flower, what have I done wrong ? I have used your plant food and looked after them very well, can you help please.
    I have a lovely display of lilies, they are stunning and smell lovely everyone has commented on them, and the crop is much bigger than last year, thank you for bringing them to qvc Richard.

  10. maria trainor August 22, 2008 at 12:07 am -  Reply

    could you please tell me why most of my buzzie lizzys are dying?

  11. Julie April 19, 2009 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    First can I say I love to see your shows and have learnt a great deal by listening to you. It really is a pleasure. I wonder if you could help with a question please. I seem to have all the neighbours’ cats on my garden as I think I’m one of the few that really look after it and have plenty of grass and flower borders. The problem is the fouling, and they also dig up and chew my bedding plants too, particularly the geranium bushes. I’ve used almost every spray and powder that you can buy, but it’s really upsetting me now, as I can’t seem to do anything to get them to keep away. Can you help? Hope you can. Many thanks, and look forward to your next show.

  12. Anne Brudenell May 15, 2009 at 9:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    A little advice please – have got all my tomato plants (from QVC, the mini tomatoes) put them in the small pots at the moment. However, will only be using about 4 of these in the large pots when big enough to put out, any chance that I could put the remaining 6 in a large hanging basket, or would they just grow at a funny angle?
    Would appreciate your comments.

  13. D. Gillan May 23, 2009 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

    Dear Richard,
    Thank you for all the help and advice you have given me via QVC. You have transformed my garden.
    I use your Flower Power in a sprayer because I have a large garden and even with the sprayer, watering takes over an hour. I put 15 scoops in the container for an hour’s watering session. Would you agree with this?
    In addition, can you tell me whether Flower Power is suitable for ericaceous shrubs. I already use an ericaceous fertiliser for them, but could I use Flower Power as well, or instead?

  14. mrs a mahon May 24, 2009 at 11:47 pm -  Reply

    hi richard i,ve never grown anything before dont know anything about it please tell me how to look after a money plant as it was given to me as a present.thank you

  15. MARGARET JONES May 26, 2009 at 2:58 pm -  Reply

    HIYA,FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT GARDENING CAME FROM YOU, MY FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS ALL COMMENT ON MY GARDEN PERSONALLY I THINK IT IS JUST AN AVERAGE GARDEN BUT I DO ADMIT TO ALL AND SUNDRY THAT ALL MY PRODUCTS AND PLANTS COME FROM QVC, IN THE LOCAL AREA I AM KNOWN AS THE LILY LADY BECAUSE OF THE AMOUNT OF LILIES I HAVE THEY CAN BE SMELT ON A WARM BREEZY DAY FROM STREETS AWAY. NOW I HAVE 2 QUESTIONS, IF THATS OKAY I RECENTLY BOUGHT THE TREE LILIES AND HAVE KNOCKED THE HEAD OFF OF ONE,WILL IT PRODUCE ANOTHER FLOWER THIS YEAR? ALSO A FEW YEARS AGO MY HUBBY BOUGHT ME THE WISTERIA FROM YOU AND WAS TOLD IT WOULD FLOWER IN THE NEXT YEAR, I MUST HAVE HAD IT FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS BUT ALAS NO SIGN OF FLOWERS, I TRIM IT BACK EACH YEAR BUT STILL NOTHING. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG

  16. Anne mcfadden May 22, 2010 at 10:52 am -  Reply

    Do I pour plant power on the soil or on the plant.
    anne

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