May gardening jobs for the month

Our handy guide to gardening jobs for the month of May. Please note gardening will be very much dependent on the weather in your area with the timings given as a guide only.

Kitchen Garden

  • Plant up herb pots
  • Plant Greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers
  • Sow sweet corn outdoors in mild areas 
  • Sow vegetables without protection, ie cabbages, cauliflowers and brussel sprouts
  • Sow and plant runner beans and french beans
  • Protect freshly planted crops from birds using crop protection netting
  • Start to feed tomatoes as soon as they have their first truss of tomatoes

Flower Garden

  • Stake herbaceous plants as they grow
  • Plant Dahlias and gladioli
  • Prune Lilac,after flowering
  • Plant up new pots and hanging baskets
  • Continue pricking out seedlings and pots up
  • Order your bespoke hanging baskets from Laurel Farm Garden Centre


  • Apply mosskiller and 'lawn feed and weed'
  • Dig out patches of coarse or resistant weeds
  • Renovate bare patches by over-seeding with lawn seed mixture
  • Sow a new lawn
  • Trim lawn edges with edging iron
  • Mow the lawn, regularly in dry weather
  • Lay turf in mild areas providing the ground is not frozen or waterlogged