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Rooko's May Top 10 Tryouts & Tips

1. Now that plants are starting to grow due to warmer soil conditions try adding some general purpose fertilizer to flower borders and around other established plants.

2. If you are intending to sow a new lawn this year, May is probably the last month to do it in most parts of U.K.

3. If you grow fruit trees, remove any suckers as soon as they appear.

4. Light & sunlight are very important factors when growing vegetables, most need about 6 hours per day for healthy growth. Lettuce, Peas, Carrots, Kale & Chard will tolerate shady conditions. Fruit bearing vegetables such as Tomatoes, Squashes and Peppers need full sun.

5. If you are growing Carrots this season do not sow them near to Strawberries, Tomatoes or Grapes which can have a negative effect on the Carrots growth.

6. If your garden or allotment soil is still cold and wet do not add any mulch to it, as this will only cause mould and disease to start.

7. Onion tip. When you are preparing Spring onions for a meal, normally the base of the Onion along with the roots is cut away and disposed of. Try keeping part of the base with the roots intact and replant for more Onions. Water well after replanting the base and roots. This should work both with home grown Onions as well as shop bought ones.

8. If your Cabbages are affected by Cabbage worm make a 50/50 mix of Bicarbinate of Soda and White flour. Dust the mixture over the affected plants.

9. Okra is native to Africa & grows best in warmer climates than in UK, it can be grown undercover though, use well composted soil. Sow seeds 1/2 inch (1cm) deep & 3 inches (7cm) apart in rows, soak seeds before sowing and thin to about 2 feet (60cm). Water but do not soak Okra. Harvest while young and tender on completion of flowering.

1. Sow the following this month: Runner Beans, French Beans, Beetroot, Broccoli, Calabrese, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chicory, Kale, Kohl-rabi, Lettuce, Peas, Radish, Spring Onions, Swedes, Turnips.
2. Sow Sweetcorn, Marrows, Pumpkins (under cover).
3. Plant out seedlings such as, Brussel Sprouts, Summer Cabbage, Celery, Leeks. Winter Cauliflower, Spring Cabbage, Sprouting Broccoli & Kale should be ready for harvesting now.
1. Keep weeds down by hoeing.
2. If late frosts are likely keep fleece handy to cover plants with.
3. Thin out plants as required.


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