Plants are putting on a spurt of growth now and some will need support. At last, we can plant up more pots with colour, and there's plenty of exciting under cover planting to do!
Here are some of my favourite varieties:
Add height to your flower border with a wigwam of sweet peas
, or an obelisk covered by a climbing rose or Clematis
for a more permanent effect.
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Pots and containers
Plant up pots and containers to brighten up dull corners. Potted bulbs, Senetii
and pansies look great and give an instant colour fix!
If your garden is sheltered, you could use summer bedding plants but watch out for late frosts.
Plant up hanging baskets for summer but keep them inside with some protection until they are established. Two to three weeks in a greenhouse, conservatory, glazed porch or polytunnel will make all the difference!
If you have very little space, you can still have a pretty planted container! Fill a sink with drought-tolerant Sedum
or trendy succulent plants.
- Plant up window boxes with plants that can be viewed from inside and outside too. Pelargonium maybe the obvious choice, but that's because they perform well!
Home Grown Food
, peppers and chillies
in unheated greenhouses or polytunnels. These will tolerate lower temperatures than tomatoes.
. These do need heat. Grow the all-female varieties as these don't need the removal of male flowers to make the female fruits taste bitter. I find that the mini cucumber varieties are excellent and very prolific.
Make the first outdoor sowing of French beans
. I recommend ‘Safari’, but there are lots of other good ones. This sort of bean is best sown every two to three weeks so that you get succession. Climbing 'Blue Lake', 'Cobra' and 'Hunter' are suitable climbing varieties too.
- Sow runner beans in pots or ‘Rootrainers’ inside. Grow a large yielding stringless variety such as ‘Butler, or ‘Moonlight'. For a substantial yield without sacrificing produce, 'St George' is semi stringless and has done very well for me. 'St George' is also a variety that looks good enough to plant in a flower border as it has red and white blooms.
Have a fantastic week growing!