Allotment jobs this month: May the force be with you

Getting ready for the brassicas and legumes
Getting ready for the brassicas and legumes

I never stray too far from Alan Buckingham’s Allotment: Month by Month but if you do not want to get the most out of May here are some links and videos to help out this month.  Plus some important dates to keep you busy for each of the 31 days.

Jobs This Month Directory

RHS

National Allotment Society

Gardeners’ World

Sarah Raven

Thompson & Morgan

Suttons

Charles Dowding

Useful Videos for May

How to tie in your sweet peas (Sarah Raven Video)

Direct sowing carrots (Quickcrop Video)

Growing and planting courgettes (Quickcrop video)

Important Dates

International Dawn Chorus Day 7 May

RHS Malvern Spring Festival 11-14 May

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 23-27 May

Day out: Loseley Park Spring Garden Show

Loseley Park Spring Garden Show; A day of inspiration, colour, plants. and gin  We are fortunate to have Loseley Park around the corner from us.  Each time we visit there is something new to see amongst the now very familiar five gardens.  The plans for the allotment this year have been touched by the white and vegetable gardens.  Next year we will try and capture the colour they have achieved this April.

This weekend is the Spring Garden Show with approximately a dozen nurseries and Loseley’s own.  This Saturday we picked up some bronze fennel, some replacement borage which we were too quick to remove last year, Rudbeckia Goldsturm which is to make up for the failed germination in the growhouse this year and a bottle of Silent Pool gin to help avoid dehydration.  However, we were tempted by plenty of herbs, sweet peas and seedlings but did not have enough hands to take them all back.

Jobs for the month at the allotment – don’t be an April Fool

Tulips at the allotment
Tulips at the allotment

I never stray too far from Alan Buckingham’s Allotment: Month by Month but if you do not want to be an April fool here are some links to help out this month.

Jobs This Month Directory

RHS

National Allotment Society

Gardeners’ World

Sarah Raven

Thompson & Morgan

Suttons