Advice

 

What to do in May

This month salad crops can be planted into growing bags under protection, normally plant three plants to a bag for tomatoes, melons, aubergines and peppers and two plants per bag for cucumbers which are more vigorous.

When frost has passed tender shrubs can be planted out – make a hole about twice the volume of the container and mix the excavated soil with Erin Tree, Shrub and Rose Compost , place some of the mix in the bottom of the planting hole, add the rootball into the hole, tease out roots as required then fill around the plant level with the soil and water well, remembering to continue watering particularly when conditions are warm or windy. Hydrangea is an Ericaceous species so Traditional Ericaceous Compost must be used.

Plant seeds of hardy annuals and biennials this month in seed compost; vegetable seeds can be started off in pots prior to planting out in order to give them a good start – runner and French beans, sweetcorn and marrow. If not already done so prepare beds for these vegetable crops, which will benefit form addition of organic matter, use Eco Farmyard Manure for this purpose.

Summer hanging baskets are planted up during May, use a Tub and Basket Compost which retains moisture, and don’t forget to pierce any polythene liner in new baskets before filling in order to allow drainage. Harden off by taking the filled baskets outside during the day and put back indoors or in a greenhouse at night particularly if frost is forecast.

Prepare Ground and Mulch Erin Products to Use

Rhododendron and Azalea Beds

Irish Moss Peat

Ericaceous

Mulch raspberries and other cane fruit

Mulch flower beds and shrub borders

Molloy's Multipurpose

Traditional Mutlipurpose

Eco Organic Multipurpose

Decorative Mini Chips Bark

Prepare ground for planting marrow, squash, pumpkin, courgette, runner bean next month

Eco Farmyard Manure

   
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Hardy annuals and biennials - bellis, campanula, forget-me-not, primula, viola, french beans, runner beans, sweetcorn, marrow

John Innes Seed

Seed and Cutting

Repot house plants if pot bound

John Innes No. 3

   
Plant Out Erin Products to Use

Tender shrubs - choisya, fuchsia

Hydranhgea

Erin Tree, Shrub & Rose

Eco Organic Multipurpose

Ericaceous

Plant up hanging baskets and tubs

Traditional Tub and Basket

Excel Tub and Basket

Tomatoes under glass

Melons, cucumbers, aubergines and peppers under glass

Excel Tomato Planter

Excel Vegetable Planter

Eco Organic Planter

 

What to do in June

Finish planting out summer hanging baskets, use a Tub & Basket Compost which retains moisture, and don’t forget to pierce any polythene liner in new baskets before filling in order to allow drainage. Harden off for a few days before placing baskets and tubs outside.

Continue to mulch flower beds and borders, removing weeds first.

Sow seeds of perennials in pots – hollyhock, delphinium and lupin; place pots in a cold framer or against a sheltered wall.

Take cuttings of pinks and late flowering chrysanthemums, pot into John Innes Seed or Erin Seed & Cutting mix, after around 5 weeks repot in John Innes No. 1 .

Vegetable crops seeded last month will be ready to plant out now, add some multipurpose compost around the roots when planting out; plant lettuces either in the soil or in bags.

Herbs can be planted out in a herb garden or in bags or pots; if growing in pots use John Innes No. 1 or Erin Seed and Cutting Compost – do not overfeed herbs or they will grow straggly and flavour will be impaired.

Prepare Ground and Mulch Erin Products to Use

Mulch flower beds and shrub borders

Decorative Bark Chips

Tuscan Red Decorative Wood Chips

   
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Sow seeds of annuals and plant out when all risk of frost has passed e.g. ageratum, tagetes

Sow seeds of perennials

Cuttings of late flowering chrysanthemums, pinks

John Innes Seed

Seed and Cutting

   
Plant Out Erin Products to Use

Plant up hanging baskets and tubs

Traditional Tub and Basket

Excel Tub and Basket

Plant out marrow, squash, pumpkin, courgette, French and runner bean in soil

Molloy’s Multipurpose

Excel Multipurpose

Eco Organic Multipurpose

Plant out herbs and lettuces

Erin Gro’bag

Excel Vegetable Planter

Eco Organic Planter

 

What to do in July

Continue to mulch flower beds and borders, removing weeds first. Mulch heather beds with peat, don’t use a standard multipurpose compost.

Prepare borders and add Organic Farmyard Manure ready for autumn planting. Add Top Soil as required

Dwarf and bearded irises which have been undisturbed for several years can be dug up and the best rhizomes replanted into soil enriched with Organic Farmyard Manure .

Propagate hardy shrubs in pots from cuttings such as buddleia, clematis, elaeagnus, lonicera, pyracantha and rhus; when rooted repot into John Innes No. 1 . Place pots of cuttings in a cold frame

Cuttings of pinks and carnations can be taken and propagated in small pots.

Strawberry runners can be propagated this month – take a runner from the stock plant but do not detach it , place the plantlet in a pot of John Innes No. 1 and bury the pot level with the soil. When rooted, the runner can be detached and the new plant can be planted out in August.

Herbs can be planted out in a herb garden or in bags or pots; if growing in pots use John Innes No. 1 or Erin Seed and Cutting Compost – do not overfeed herbs or they will grow straggly and flavour will be impaired.

Prepare Ground and Mulch Erin Products to Use

Mulch flower beds and shrub borders

Mulch heather beds

Prepare borders for autumn planting

Decorative Bark Chips

Tuscan Red Decorative Wood Chips

Erin Irish Moss Peat

Dig in Organic Farmyard Manure and ad Top Soil as required

   
Propagate Erin Products to Use

Dwarf and bearded irises which have been undisturbed for several years can be split, replant the best rhizomes

Root cuttings of buddleia, camellia, elaeagnus, lonicera, Pyracantha and Rhus

Cuttings of pinks and carnations

Strawberry runners in pots

Enrich the soil with Organic Farmyard Manure before replanting

Pot up cuttings in John Innes Seed. When roots have developed repot into John Innes No.1

John Innes No.1

   
Plant Out Erin Products to Use

Plant out herbs and lettuces

Erin Gro’bag

Excel Vegetable Planter

Erin Organic Planter

 

What to do in August

Mulch sweet peas, prepare borders and add Farmyard manure ready for autumn planting. Add Top Soil as required.

Complete planting of dwarf and bearded irises which have been undisturbed for several years and can be dug up and the best rhizomes replanted into soil enriched with Organic Farmyard Manure . Tall irises can be divided and planted this month.

Propagate alpines in trays under protection e.g. a cloche this month, remove protection when rooted

At the end of August cuttings of tender perennials such as fuchsia, pelargonium and osteospermum can be taken, start off in a greenhouse, cool conservatory or sunny window sill, when rooted repot into pots containing John Innes No. 1 and grow over winter in a frost free greenhouse.

Cuttings of a number of shrubs can be taken this month including box, buddleia, Ceanothus, hebe, hedera, ilex, lavender, olearia, senecio etc. singly in pots. Keep pots in a cold frame, cover over when cold or windy, keep in a frame until next spring then plant out.

Winter pansy and viola plugs can be transplanted into 6-packs or small pots prior to planting into baskets in late September or early October; pot into a multipurpose mix or John Innes No. 2 .

Herbs can be planted out in a herb garden or in bags or pots; if growing in pots use John Innes No. 1 or Erin Seed and Cutting Compost – do not overfeed herbs or they will grow straggly and flavour will be impaired.

Prepare Ground and Mulch Erin Products to Use

Mulch sweet peas

Prepare borders for autumn planting

Erin Irish Moss Peat

Dig in Organic Farmyard Manure and ad Top Soil as required

   
Propagate Erin Products to Use

Dwarf and bearded irises which have been undisturbed for several years can be split, replant the best rhizomes

Root cuttings of alpines such as helianthemums, dianthus, achillea and saxifrage; these are planted out in late October

Cuttings of many shrubs

Cuttings of fuchsia ,pelargonium and osteospermum can be taken in late August

Buy small plugs of winter pansy and viola, pot up into 6-packs

Enrich the soil with Organic Farmyard Manure before replanting

Pot up cuttings in John Innes Seed. When roots have developed repot into John Innes No.1

Place cuttings in pots of John Innes Seed

Place cuttings in John Innes Seed, when rooted repot in John Innes No. 1

Excel Multipurpose

Traditional Multipurpose

Eco Organic Multipurpose or John Innes No. 2

   
Plant Out Erin Products to Use

Plant out herbs and lettuces

Erin Gro’bag

Excel Vegetable Planter

Erin Organic Planter