It’s time to get your plants outside
■ Unless frost is forecast, there are a number of jobs you can get on with. Your pots and hanging baskets can go outside permanently if you have been gradually acclimatising them to outside conditions in the last few weeks. If not, start to leave them outside during the day so they can adjust gradually.
■ You can plant tender plants such as cannas and dahlias outside and sow tender annuals outdoors too. It’s summer bedding time so if you fancy some colour, plant some pelargoniums, begonias, lobelias and antirrhinums into your pots and beds.
■ In the veg garden, you can sow seeds directly outdoors that had to be done indoors until now such as pumpkins, courgettes, squash, French beans and sweetcorn. If you haven’t planted potatoes yet, get them in this month.
■ Earth up potato plants – draw soil up to stem to create ridges of soil.
■ Keep successional sowing of quick to crop vegetables such as salad, beetroot and radish.
■ Lightly hoe borders to remove weed seedlings.
■ Open vents and doors in glasshouses on warm days to improve air circulation.
■ Overcrowded spring bulbs can be lifted and divided once they start to die down.
■ Hang pheromone traps in apple trees to reduce codling moth damage to your fruit.
Dahlias can be planted outside now
Sow seeds directly in the vegetable patch