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Jordan’s Top Tips for your May Garden

Jordan's Top Tips for your May Garden

Summer is nearly here and our glass house and polytunnels are bursting at the seams. This is by far our favourite time of year when all of the beautiful colours light up the nursery and definitely brighten our day.

Here are our top tips for your May garden from Jordan, our in-house expert:

Summer bedding plants are now available. With everything from Begonias and Bizzie Lizzies to Snapdragons and Surfinias, we have it all! Better still, we have an amazing special offer in-store on our standard 6 pack bedding plants: Buy 4, get 1 free! Please do beware of late frosts as these tender plants will get too cold if left out. We highly recommend our Erin Mutipurpose Compost for bedding plants, pots and hanging baskets, which is currently 3 x 70l bags for just £11.99 (available in-store).

Summer containers need the maximum feed and water as the plants are short-lived and have a short time frame to put on a show. You can help them reach their absolute best by doing the following:

  • Add a slow release fertiliser into the soil when planting.
  • Add water retaining crystals to the soil when planting hanging baskets or anything in full sun or a windy position to prevent them from drying out.
  • Feed once a week with Tomerite. Yes, its tomato food but it encourages new growth and more flowers (which means more tomatoes) but in this case, more flowers on your bedding plants!
  • We currently have on special in-store offer a 1l bottle with 30% extra free, so you’ll have 1.3l of Tomerite for just £4.29.

Potatoes are now showing foliage, this is the time when they need earthing. This means adding more soil around the new growth to form a ridge. This will exclude light from the tubers preventing them from going green.

Weeds are popping up everywhere, this is due to the damp but warmer weather. Regularly hoe off weeds to prevent them from getting out of hand and taking over.

Mow lawns weekly to keep then neat and fresh. If you are to apply a weed and feed, apply this on a dry day that is not windy before a wet day forecast. If there is no rain due for a day or two after you have applied the weed or feed, water it in so that it does not burn the grass.

Make sure you check for nesting birds before clipping hedges.

Be wary of lily beetle as they are most prominent this time of year.

Open greenhouse vents and doors on hot days to increase airflow and reduce humidity.

Enjoy your garden this month, we’ll be back with more of Jordan’s top tips in June 🌺🐝

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Excellent soil with very few stones, turf was also of great quality.
Tim Connop21st August 2019
Very good turf. Freshly cut. Has taken well.
Bryan Smith12th August 2019
I love this garden centre, it truly is a cut above the rest. My hanging basket is an absolute joy.
Yvette Barratt8th August 2019
Staff are helpful, knowledgeable and cheerful and nothing is too much trouble.
Jane Ward2nd August 2019
The top soil was of good quality and was most suitable for my flower borders.
Alan Merritt23rd July 2019
The Moonstone looks really good as a lawn and patio border.
Brian Russell16th July 2019
All straight and no major knots or drying cracks.
Tim Pearson11th July 2019
Competitively priced sleepers, delivered on time and craned off to a convenient place by a helpful driver.
Ray Lamb9th July 2019
Excellent turf and topsoil delivered on time with a call to say they were on their way. Lawn was freshly cut on the day and has taken very quickly.
David Grennall1st July 2019
Wow, our first time visiting and I cannot wait to come back! Beautiful, inspiring surroundings. Products are first class and you can tell the staff who look after the place do it with love. We are so happy with our purchases and very reasonable prices. I’ll make a regular visit now! I haven’t tried the Potting Shed yet but heard wonderful things so will look forward to trying it. So lucky this is local to us. Thank you!
Francesca Kennedy30th June 2019
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