7 ways to make your garden bloom beautifully in May

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  • Plant, sow and seed your way to a beautiful garden this growing season…

    1 Dig out your lawnmower
    Nothing makes a garden look more inviting than a neat and tidy lawn. As temperatures rise, so will the grass, so get mowing now and do it every week if possible – unless you’re going for the wild meadow look…

    2 Sow a wildflower meadow
    You don’t need a big garden to do this, just a few square metres is fine, although you may want to turn your whole lawn over to wildflowers – it’s much better for wildlife and is so low maintenance! Leave it to flower and seed, then cut back in late summer.

    3 Plant summer bedding
    Brighten up your borders with colourful summer blooms such fuchsias, geraniums, sweet peas and petunias. Whether you choose to grow them from seed, plug or ready-to-go, they are fragile blooms, so be sure to acclimatise them first by moving them out into the garden during the day and bringing them back into the greenhouse at night.

    4 Open doors
    Ventilating your growing space encourages a pest-free environment and results in happy, healthy plants all summer long.
    Throw open your greenhouse doors to allow cooler air to flow through and let pollinating insects inside, too.

    5 Create a kitchen herb garden
    Planting easy-to-grow herbs such as basil, coriander, parsley and dill in containers and pots by the back door means you can get to them easily when cooking (or bbq’ing!) – not to mention their heady aromas act as a natural room fragrancer, too!

    6 Re-home dormant spring bulbs
    Make way for summer blooms by carefully moving spring-flowering bulbs as soon as their foliage starts dying down. A shaded spot out of sight is the best place for them, allowing them to go dormant in readiness for next year’s display.

    7 Keep pests at bay
    With new shoots springing up all over the place, slugs and snails are abundant at this time of year. If you prefer not to use chemical sprays and pellets, try sprinkling wood ash from the fire around your plants (not on them). The powdery cinders act as a barrier, making it very hard for pests to slide across.

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