Jobs to do in the garden in May

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Check your plants for pests and diseases and deal with them promptly. Look out for mites and whitefly on the undersides of leaves and on stems, and aphids on buds, and caterpillars on or near brassicas. Small infestations of aphids can be pinched off, and larger colonies can be sprayed with natural insecticides. Better still, introduce natural predators such as ladybirds – you can buy these through shops such as The Organic Gardening Catalogue, and for slugs and snails, try natural biologicals such as nematodes.

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