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May

Big baskets are best

When planting a basket for the first time, it is easy to get carried away trying to cram in lots of flowers in an attempt to recreate the wonderful floral displays seen decorating pubs and restaurants. It seems so simple: a small basket, a few pretty flowers and a bag of compost - what could go wrong? Well, plenty actually. The problem lies in the fact a hanging basket contains a relatively large number of fast-growing, floriferous plants and a very limited amount of compost. That means the plants will have to compete with each other for the available water, nutrients and growing space. This wouldn't be a problem if the basket is kept well watered and fed at all times, but the moment it runs short … the plants become stressed, stop flowering and start to fry in the heat of the sun.

  • Tender plants may still need protection incase of any late frost.
  • Regularly keep on top of any weeds to keep the borders free for the upcoming perennials.
  • Plant summer bedding towards the end of the month when hopefully the weather is warmer.
  • Lawns can now be mown weekly again.
  • Hedges can be clipped and pruned, but make sure there you check for bird nests before you start.
  • Start to collect rainwater by fitting a water butt so that it can be recycled in the garden.
  • Lift and divide clumps of daffodil bulbs.
  • Earth up potatoes and plant up any still remaining.
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