Each new month brings with it a new set of jobs to do out in your vegetable garden. With the weather turning warmer (hopefully) and the likelihood of frosts getting less, this month is the month to be getting stuff out and into the ground.
What to do in the vegetable garden this May…
Sweetcorn can be sown straight out into the garden or any plants you’ve grown indoors can be planted out. The plants are best grown in blocks rather than rows, with your plants spaced out 45 cm (18in) apart.
These can be sown outside in rows in a seedbed or indoors in modular trays. For mini-leeks, sow 5-6 seeds in each module.
Move your leek plants to their cropping site when they are 10 cm (4in). Using a large dibber, make holes measuring approx 7.5 cm (3in) deep and drop each leek into a hole.
Fill the hole with water, not soil.
Modular grown mini-leeks need to be clustered up and transplanted as one unit.
French Beans, Squash, Cucumber and Pumpkins
These can all be sown outside into your prepared soil. If you are worried that it is still a bit cold where you live, wait until the end of May or cover with cloches to give extra protection
Ideally, these need to be planted in the well-prepared ground which has lots of well-rotted manure and other organic material dug in.
A framework of bamboo is also required for the shoots to grow up.
Cauliflower and Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Sow these seeds into a seedbed, ready for transplanting out into their final growing place. Move out when the plants are large enough to handle and these will provide you with a winter harvest.
Tomatoes and Courgettes
These can also be placed or planted outside now. With the reduction of the chance of frost, these softer tender vegetables will stand a better chance of surviving and fruiting out in your garden.