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Top ten jobs for May

Top ten jobs for May

A tribute to may

‘When I die I shall go to May,’ wrote Monty Don in the beautiful Ivington Diaries, ‘it will be green. Not environmentally correct green, for things will just be, without measurement or judgement, but actually the colour green in all its shining faces.
The oilseed rape fields, overbright sulphuric yellow, their heady oppressive pollen suffocating the fields of Leicestershire and Rutland, are lost to me.  I too, rejoice in the green, the fluidity, the mesmerising soft promise,  ‘the shifting, growing hymn of light and colour and leaf.’
Orchard Muse Blog

With Summer just around the corner here are the RHS top Ten jobs you can do in May.


1 Watch out for late frosts. Protect tender plants

2 Earth up potatoes, and promptly plant any still remaining

3 Plant out summer bedding at the end of the month (except in cold areas)

4 Collect rainwater and investigate ways to recycle water for irrigation

5 Regularly hoe off weeds

6 Open greenhouse vents and doors on warm days

7 Mow lawns weekly

8 Check for nesting birds before clipping hedges

9 Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs

10 Watch out for viburnum beetle and lily beetle grubs


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