As the days start getting longer and warmer, it’s clear (and relieving!) to see that summer’s on its way. That’s why May is the perfect time to start sowing seeds, planting out the bedding plants and having a good tidy up.

what to grow in May

Now that the weather is picking up it’s the perfect time to get growing. There are so many things to plant in spring, and May is a perfect opportunity to get the garden ready for summer.

Hardy annuals can now be sowed direct, including marigolds, cornflowers, larkspur and poppies. Come summertime, you’ll be greeted with a of colour in your beds and borders.

Watch John Whitgift Foundation’s Gardener Ann as she shows you how to sow marigold and sweetpeas

Perennials can also be sown in May but this should be done indoors in seed trays to start with. Pansies, geraniums and echinacea are all perfect and, once sown, should be placed in a light, cool spot (your windowsill is ideal).

For the veggie growers among us it’s time to think about feeding your plants. Tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers will benefit from a weekly feed once the flowers have formed.

Pesky weeds will compete with your plants for water and nutrients, so check for them regularly and remove before they have chance to set seed. Carefully dislodge the weeds with a hoe, making sure you don’t accidentally disturb any planted seeds below the surface. Be sure to get the whole root too to prevent it growing back. If your lawn has broad-leaved weeds such as dandelions or patches of moss treat them before they spread.

top tip

Lay some weed suppressing mulch down beneath the soil before you plant anything in borders as this will save you lots of time weeding in the future!

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

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