• Continue to plant vegetables directly into the ground and under glass for a succession of crops.
  • Select seeds and buy from  Dobies   Suttons Seeds   Thompson & Morgan
  • Order and prepare raised beds for growing vegetables and flowers from Suttons .
  • For larger crops grow grafted tomatoes.
  • Cut back hardy fuchsias to just above soil level as strong new basal growth appears.
  • Sow seeds of tender bedding plants in a heated propagator or in trays on a warm windowsill.
  • Plant perennial herbs such as marjoram, mint, rosemary and sage.
  • Lift and divide congested clumps of perennials.
  • Plant out bulbs grown for indoor use which have finished flowering.
  • Mow the lawn weekly or more often if necessary; frequent mowing encourages dense growth.
  • Remove winter protection from containers when the risk of hard frost has gone, and top-dress or replant overgrown or pot-bound plants adding a slow-release fertiliser.
  • Apply a spring fertiliser to established lawns once they are actively growing and cut grass when it is about 8 cm (3 in) high.
  • Hoe, mulch beds and borders and be on the lookout for all pests.
  • Mulch while the soil is moist to reduce the need for watering and to keep down weeds.
  • Prune deciduous spring-flowering shrubs over three years old as they finish flowering.
  • Stake border plants to provide support as they grow.
  • Feed seedlings and young plants which are growing poorly or have pale, yellowing foliage.
  • Start to cut lawns with nuturalised bulbs; make the first cut high.
Grow plants in raised beds
Spring oinons, carrots and dwarf french beans sown in a raised bed in May. Showing good growth in July.


  • Grow grafted tomato plants.
  • Sow seeds:-
    • runner beans
    • tomatoes
    • sweetcorn, marrows, squashes and cucumbers.
    • bedding plants such as African marigolds, petunias, lobelia and antirrhinums.
    • begonias and pelargoniums.
    • quick-growing perennials.
  • Organise shading for the greenhouse using blinds, shading nets or a shading wash.
  • Ventilate cold frames and the greenhouse whenever possible to encourage sturdy plant growth.
  • Water and feed plants in the greenhouse regularly.

Vegetable Garden

  • Sow french and runner beans, cauliflowers, summer broccoli, cucumbers, lettuce, oriental greens, cress, chicory, spinach, beets, cabbages and salsify.
  • Erect supports for climbing beans.
  • Plant out celery and celeriac, lettuce and runner beans that have been raised inside.
  • Harden off aubergines, courgettes, marrows, peppers, pumpkins and tomatoes grown from seed before planting outside.
  • In warmer parts of the country you can transplant sweetcorn, tomatoes and peppers outside, but harden off the plants first.
  • Cover germinating carrots with anti-carrot-fly netting.

Fruit Garden

  • Look out for caterpillars on fruit. Pick off any with leaf miner larvae or mildew on and be on the alert for slugworm damage. Set pheremone traps.
  • Thin peaches, apricots and green gooseberries; if mildew appears on gooseberries, prune out worst infected shoots and water well at the roots.
  • Check raspberry canes for raspberry beetle, spur blight and cane midge.
  • Thin the young canes to allow air to circulate.
  • Thin grape bunches on vines: feed with manure water or comfrey tea.
  • Water strawberries and, if growing under cover, ventilate to allow bees access.
  • Cover the ground under strawberries with straw or matting to protect the ripening fruit from mud and from slugs and other pests.
  • Make sure fruit trees and bushes have sufficient water while the fruit is setting otherwise fruitlets are often shed.

Flower Garden

  • Sow fast-maturing and late-flowering annuals directly into their flowering position.
  • Move overwintered hardy annuals to their final flowering position.
  • Harden off hanging baskets and windowboxes ready to put in position outdoors when all danger of frost is over.
  • Plant both dormant dahlia tubers and young plants.
  • Plant out hardened off annuals when all danger of frost is over.
  • Create a summer display in a container
  • Remove faded flowers from daffodils, hyacinths and tulips.
  • Take cuttings from summer-flowering clematis.
  • Plant out annual climbers.
  • Begin feeding plants in containers and continue through the summer.
  • Sow sweet peas directly into their flowering position.

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