Green Beans

May Jobs

If you are anything like me you are playing catch up this month. I spent the end of March and beginning of April in hospital giving birth to the newest member of our team, my son Noah. So I am really behind where I should be and much of what I sown before going into hospital sadly didn’t make it through the two weeks of abandonment (not to self must invest in an irrigation system!). But whatever the reason, if you are running a little behind, don’t fear May is a great month to catch up, as generally with the good heat and sunlight, seeds tend to germinate quickly and you can direct sow saving yourself lots of space in the greenhouse.

 

May sow

 

If you are looking to sow direct, have a go at these;

french beans

runner beans

beetroot

carrots

cauliflower

chard

lettuce

peas

radish

spinach

sweetcorn

 

But fair warning once they germinate they will require some protection, as slugs & snails will devour the emerging seedlings in the blink of an eye, I would recommend using a treatment of nematodes which you can purchase from our good friend over at Lady Bird Plantcare.

 

And sow the following in the greenhouse for planting out later on;

cabbages

coriander

courgette

squash

 

Don’t forget a little companion planting amongst your vegetables, they not only help attract pollinators but they look great too;

borage

marigold

nasturtium

calendula

rudbeckia

 

May grow

 

May is probably the last chance to sow seed potatoes (although in theory you can keep sowing them through the year but your harvests will be a little delayed and they would require more watering) and we happen to have a great offer running on the website so take a look at our varieties.

 

May harvest

 

It’s possible that May is my favourite time to start harvesting, there seems to be a quick abundance of everything and I adore picking the baby leaves of spinach, chard and of course the cut and come again salads, will you be harvesting any of these this month?;

broad beans

chard

coriander

dill

parsley

peas

radish

lettuce & salad leaves

spinach

rhubarb

spring onions