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Top things to do in your garden this April and May

Published 22/04/2015 | 02:30

Longer evenings and warmer temperatures signal the start to the gardening season, April and May are wonderful times in your garden, a time to start growing new plants from seeds, bulbs, tubers and seedlings

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April is the time to reinvigorate existing garden plants by pruning and feeding to help stir new growth and encourage early flowering. Below are the top things to do this April in your outdoor space

1. Growing fresh kitchen herbs directly from your windowsill is easy peasy. Simply plant six or seven of your favourite culinary herb plants in a 60cm window box using Growise Multi purpose compost, water well after planting and place the herb container in a bright sunny location on a windowsill, or directly onto your patio or balcony.

2. Strawberries are easy to grow and will produce ripe red strawberries by mid-summer. Grow your strawberries in pots on your patio, in window boxes on your windowsills, in hanging baskets on your garage wall or directly into your flower borders or vegetable beds.

3. Grow a tree to mark a special occasion. Flowering and foliage trees are easy to grow and can be a living symbol of a special bond, friendship or to mark a special occasion or person.

4. Plant up your containers with a selection of summer flowering patio plants to add colour. This includes Trailing Petunias, White Bacopa, blue lobelias, trailing fuchsia and geraniums.

5. Sweet peas produce an abundance of long stemmed scented blooms in mixed colours from June to early autumn. Planting them will provide you with scented blooms all summer long.


May is the official start of summer and it's when your garden really begins to take shape. Here's what you should be doing in your garden come May.

1. May is a perfect time to examine your rose bushes and try to pinch out any shoots that are growing inwards, as these are likely to cause trouble later on.

2. Greenfly is likely to make an unwelcome appearance in May, so watch out! Although you can use insecticide, try using a homemade garlic oil spray, which is a natural alternative, making it safe for your plants and the rest of your garden. Simply mix a full bulb of crushed garlic with water, allowing the water to be infused with the garlic.

3. Feed plants that are in full growth. May is a great month to plan to feed plants that are growing fast! Spring sown vegetables are also growing freely and need plenty of nourishment!

4. Try to sow more vegetables. To ensure you have more vegetables for your family dinners in the coming months, lettuces, spinach, beetroot, turnips and radishes can be sown.

5. Plant window boxes and hanging boxes this May. It's the perfect time to fill your new window boxes and hanging baskets with their summer growers!

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