Gardening jobs for May

Posted: 1 May 2023

Hello May! 

Find out what to do in your garden, allotment and greenhouse in May, with our handy 'Simon Says'. 


• If you haven’t already hung your fruit maggot moth traps, then you’ll want to do it now.  Watch out for the little critters and prepare to spray if the numbers build.

• Remember to ventilate greenhouse during the day.  Check the temperature on the floor before opening the vents.  Remember to keep the thermometer in an airy, shady place for a correct reading.

• Prune Forsythia and Chaenomeles now to keep the shape nice and compact, plus encourage lots of fresh growth that will become the host for next year’s flowers. 

• Carefully tie in climbing plants as they grow.

• Apply fish, blood and bone to encourage the overall health of trees and shrubs.

• Sow sweetcorn in pots, in a warm environment.

• As the soil has eventually started to warm up, sow beans outside where they are to crop.

• As you remove tasty rhubarb stems from the plant, remember to feed the plant to encourage more growth.

• Keep planting batches of mixed salad leaves for a continuous crop.

• Start feeding Tomato plants when the fruits start to set on the first truss. 

• If the weather continues to be dry, soak newly additions to the garden occasionally to encourage them along.

• Prepare supports for herbaceous perennials as they burst into speedy growth.

• Continue to plant trees and shrubs that have been grown in containers.  Don’t forget to not let them dry out.



The beginning of May is National Gardening Week (2nd May - 8th May)! Simon has put together a few jobs that you can do to get the joy out of gardening during that week. 

• Get a free upper body workout with a bit of hoeing!  Weeds soon get out of control at this time of year and a weekly scratch about will keep them at bay!

• Get motivated by planting out fast-growing, seasonal bedding plants now.  Harden off and use fleece to prevent frost damage.

• Conjure up happy memories with a sniff of the beautiful Philadelphus flowers!!

• Sit and watch the blue tits trying to keep the aphid numbers down.  If the aphid population build too much, spray plants with Doff Universal Bug Control Pesticide Free to promote healthier growth.

• Enjoy a balmy evening with your favourite drink in one hand a hosepipe in the other.  Be careful what one you put to your mouth though!!  Watering first thing in the morning and later in the evening, increases the amount of water that makes it down to the roots, as there’s less evaporation.



Gardening jobs for May

With a beautiful weekend forecasted we asked the plant team to pick their favourite plant available right now, they felt it was like being asked to choose their favourite child…..but they did anyway!
Louise chose a hardy gerbera (but snuck in a Bella fuchsia as well when I wasn’t looking), Lorna chose a beautiful Lilac. Tam is obviously staying in with her amazing three stemmed orchid. Kaye, went for 2 hydrangeas and Elaine went big with her cercis tree.
They all look wonderful, and the plants don’t look bad either.
Homegrown 14” hanging baskets are now in stock!⁠

We have a wide selection of colour schemes for you to choose from, perfect for any garden. Both plants and baskets are grown and made at our nursery. ⁠

You can hang these in the garden from now, though be sure to secure them properly in windy weather!
Congratulations to our amazingly artistic winners of the Viola and Pansy Colouring Competition. We look forward to welcoming them back soon to spend their vouchers.
Touch me.......Smell me!

Our Award Winning Home Grown Scented Geraniums are now in stock, they may not look the most colourful plant, but give them a rub next time you pass and you will get an amazing selection of scents.
To attract attention to these amazing plants Jess from our nursery designed these beautiful perfume bottle labels and won an award at the HTA National Plant Show for her designs.
Wow, It looks like it isn't going to rain this weekend! Perfect time to get gardening.
Our nursery is incredibly busy producing plants for the whole country, but don't worry, we’re saving the best for you
Due to technical issues beyond our control, please note that this Sunday 14th April, Meadow Croft Kitchen will NOT be serving Sunday roasts. Our Sunday breakfast menu will be available until 11.30am as usual and then our normal weekday lunch menu will be served from 12pm-2.30pm. We will still have plenty of delicious dishes and treats for you to enjoy.
Thank you for your understanding.
MCK Team.
Milkshakes are officially back at The 10th Hole! ⛳⁠

Choose from Strawberry, Raspberry Ripple, Flake, Oreo, Biscoff, Chocolate, Vanilla and Espresso flavours while you putt your way around the course
Looking to give your plants a boost as the weather gets better? ⁠

Stop by the garden centre and pick up a box of @MiracleGro's all purpose plant food. Get 20% extra feed free! ⁠

Simply feed every two weeks from March to September using a feeder or watering can
Have you seen our new furniture department? Lynn and Simon love it so much that while the weather has been poor, they can be found relaxing in it. With the weather about to improve they’re going back out into their garden. Come and have a look around for some inspiration to create your outside living space.
#outdoorroom #outdoorliving #gardenfurniture #barbecue
It’s opening time at ‘The Meadows’ our in store local bottle shop.
New Hall wine, Essex gin and local beer all available now.

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