Task of the Month

Our horticultural experts are on hand to give you monthly advice on what to do now! We'll help you tackle tasks one month at a time to get your garden in tip top shape all year round.

May

Top Tip

There is no better feeling than sharing the produce from your garden.

If, like me, you end up with too much at different times, pass it on to your family and friends. It’s free and healthy so enjoy the smile it brings to their faces.

Enjoy May in your garden.

If you ask any keen gardener “which is the best month of the year” May would come out on top. Early sown vegetables are on the menu, the days are getting longer and warmer but still with plenty of moisture about. Hard work in previous months will reward you in May and in quieter moments you can begin to look around and enjoy the colour and fragrance of your garden.

Outdoors

Your lawn should be at its best with the work completed in April. Mow now as regularly as you can and reduce the height of the grass with each cut to reach a desired level.

On warm sunny days hoe fresh emerging weeds and they will dry up in hours. Mulch your borders when clean with fresh bark. Try the Bord na Móna Growise Superfine Bark specially made for beds and borders. It is excellent around small plants and gives a deep dark colour in contrast to all your plants. On larger areas use Bord na Móna Growise Mini Chip Bark which will keep weeds down and plenty of moisture locked in around your trees and shrubs.

Frost is common in May so delay planting summer bedding until the latter end of the month. Use the intervening time to purchase and harden off these wonderful plants. In milder coastal areas you can now plant Sweet Peas, Antirrhinum, Sweet William and summer Pansy’s.

This is a great time to fill all your containers and baskets. Use Bord na Móna Growise Tub & Basket with its high nutrient content and extra moisture control which will last the full bedding season.

In The Greenhouse

 Space is at a premium this month as salads are filling out and successive sowings continue weekly. As you crop an area dig in Bord na Móna Growise Organic Vegetable Compost and a sprinkling of Bord na Móna Growise Chicken Manure.

Vent the house fully on sunny days and dampen down floors to keep the humidity up and if at all possible water in the morning only so as the foliage will dry off and this will help prevent mildew and leaf spots.

Use all the available space to harden off your bedding and filled containers gradually.

Brendan Howell

Bord na Móna Horticulturist

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Gardening should be fun, but often people are afraid of getting things wrong, and too worried to give it a go.

That’s where we come in – we’ve got simple tasks for improving your garden, laid out month by month. Just follow along and soon you’ll have a beautiful garden, and the satisfaction of knowing you did it all yourself. If you’d like a more practical garden, why not use your outdoor space to grow your own fruits and vegetables?

Our growbags and simple instructions take all the guesswork out of it, and you’ll be reaping the rewards in no time!