Enjoy tea and cake at an Open Garden this month
Yet another busy month – very busy getting myself organised for the first Creigiau Open Gardens event for the NGS on Sunday, so top tasks may be a bit ‘short and sweet’ this month.
Lots to do on the plot, plenty of watering during this dry spell closely followed by slug and pest control when we do get some rain. Here are a few jobs –
Plant out sweetcorn in blocks rather than rows, to aid pollination
If you were lucky enough to have asparagus on your plot, you can still enjoy the last harvests of asparagus, then leave the ferny top-growth to grow up over the summer
Mulch thirsty crops such as beans and courgettes to hold in moisture around the roots
If you are growing vegetables or fruit in containers, water regularly, especially during sunny weather
Apply tomato feed regularly to fruiting veg crops, such as tomatoes, courgettes, pumpkins and chillies
Increase greenhouse shading and ventilation to keep temperatures down on hot days
It is a good time to sort out your compost bins – empty, turn and refill bins to speed up decomposition
Finally, visit an open garden, there are plenty open this month – Creigiau, Pentyrch and Peterston Super Ely so hope to see you soon
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In Coed y Bedw Woods …
Helen, John and I joined a group of about a dozen early risers on Sunday 7th May to experience the dawn chorus in Coed y Bedw woods which was organised by the Welsh Wildlife Trust. We were led by a ranger just as dawn was breaking and the birds were getting into their stride. In fact a tawny owl was hooting as we arrived, making its way to bed no doubt! We walked around the woods stopping to listen at various intervals with the ranger pointing out different calls including that of the blackbird, song thrush, blackcap, robin, goldcrest and wren. The bluebells and wild garlic carpeted the wood and were a magnificent sight in amongst all the fresh green leaves. As we left one lady thought she heard a cuckoo but that may have been wishful thinking! A lovely start to the day – if a tad on the early side!