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Friday 5 May 2023

This Month in your Garden – May

 “You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep spring from coming.” Pablo Neruda

At last, we are seeing the first signs of spring and the temperature a little warmer than of late, but be cautious with any tender plants. Dahlias, for example, even hardened off, will still be susceptible to late frosts.

The Lawn Care Guide – May

Why my grass seed will not grow

Having scarified and aerated a back lawn, it was time to deal with bare patches and overseed. While grass seed germinates in most conditions the weather does need to be right. Soil temperature needs to be between 9 to 12 degrees Celsius.

Lawn Care: Questions & Answers

 Q. We have a lawn surrounding large trees and the grass does not grow well in the shade. Is there anything we can do about this.

The Vegetable Plot – May

Success with succession

May is the month to make succession sowing of lettuce, carrot and onion seed for a continuous crop for the kitchen. The Big Glut recipes are chosen to be seasonal and use as much as you can from your own kitchen garden. So, if you are a keen propagator with seed, you will have no end of choice this month.

The Big Glut – May

Asparagus and new potato frittata

Recipe from BBC Good Food


  • 200g new potatoes, quartered
  • 100g asparagus tips
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 40g cheddar, grated
  • Rocket or mixed leaves, to serve