May is well under way and along with the ever warming weather is an ever increasing work load. Each day sets you a different challenge just to keep you on your toes. The grass is trying to outgrow the speed of your mower, and everything needs your attention now and nothing seems to want to wait. We all find this month that there are not enough hours in the day, but it all gives you a sense of achievement when you look back at the new shoots that are coming up through well weeded beds, fruit blossom on well-tended branches, and the lawns looking neat and tidy. Also, you should be preparing for the mass plant out of your hardy annual plants to give you that burst of bright vibrant colours that demand attention. So all in all a very busy but also a very exciting time in your garden, just remember to leave some time to enjoy it.
With the soft fruit now well into blossom, if not already done, make some sort of bird protection for them.
On Tuesday 12th of May we held the first in our Lunch and Lecture series. The subject was ‘Grow Your Own Cut Flowers’. The talk and tour were well received by the guests that booked a place. It was nice to get such a lot of interesting questions afterwards as it showed me that I had held their attention. I was asked how to contact your local artisan grower to buy your cut flowers. I suggest you take a look at the following websites www.thebritishflowercollective.com or www.flowersfromthefarm.co.uk. I was also asked where to buy good organic garden compost and mulch. We use www.bourneamenity.co.uk . Bourne Amenity do from large 20 cubic metre loads down to 1 ton dumpy bags, so if there are a few of you that live near each other maybe share a load to get a better price per ton. There is also a local company called Garden Scape that will deliver smaller loads direct to your door.
The next Lecture in the series takes place on June 2nd, when we’ll be covering ‘The Edible Garden’. Buy your tickets HERE