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What to do Now in May
1 Plant up your tomatoes into the best possible compost, plant them deep.
2 Early flowering shrubs when finished, such as Forsythia, now is the time to prune as they will produce their flowers again on this years growth.
3 Mow your lawn often keep short and allow the grass to stay there helping to feed the soil.
4.Dead head Tulips and Narcissi ( daffodils) as they finish, allow the leaves to die back naturally, as they are feeding the bulbs for next year, this can take 6 weeks 9 mid June).
5 Keep a good eye out for slugs and snails, they are most active int the evenings. Set up beer traps for them, hoeing in the morning also helps to reduce baby slugs.
The best and worst thing about gardening is that time does not stand still, and I suppose neither do we.Gardening is about life and the desire to live.
Really enjoy every day of May as the country side and our gardens push up new growth, the leaves on the trees, so fresh and vibrant, the Cherry, Apple blossom booming, drink in the fresh air which we are now beginning to realise we cannot take for granted.
The combination of our non toxic gardening will have a benefit , encouraging bio-diversity where it is difficult to exist in other places, such a natural thing in our gardens, on our balconies where ever we can encourage flora and fauna to thrive.
May Day was born from the industrial struggle for an eight-hour day.For a gardener as the days stretch we have the opportunity to extend our time in the garden — no May Day for us, but then is it work?
May the beginning of summer, the seeds were sown in spring, new life really starts to be seen in the garden.The apple trees are in full bloom bearing fruit in the autumn, completing their cycles of life, with the production of seed to continue on.
The soil is beginning to warm up as the days grow longer and generally in most parts of the country around the 20 May we can start planting out our more delicate plants without the worry of frost.The protection we gave the soil in the autumn and late winter will now begin to pay dividends, without good soil we are lost.
I suppose the best indicator that things are happening is the growth of weeds, and so keep hoeing. Weeds are flowers growing in the wrong place, so you choose, as dandelions are still one of the best sources of early pollen for our precious bees.
For me May brings back many very happy memories of my Holy Communion picnic on the shores of Lough Corrib with the Hawthorn in full bloom. Enjoy.