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Key gardening jobs May 12-18

Cosmos Gazebo Mix
Cosmos Gazebo Mix
Support heavy peony heads

Support heavy flowers

Put supports in place for herbaceous plants for those like peonies that produce heavy blooms.

Climbing rose James Galway amid golden hop and holly

Maximise rose blooms

Tie in climbing and rambling roses as near to horizontal as possible, to restrict sap flow, causing more side-shoots to grow along the stem, producing more flowers.

Ripe for the picking

Protect soft fruit

Put netting in place to protect all soft fruit from birds.

Jazzy potatoes in May

Cover potato haulms

Earth up potatoes when the shoots are 23cm (9in) high, in order to prevent the new tubers going green, leaving 5cm (2in) of shoot uncovered so that the plant has enough foliage to continue growing.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.


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