May in the Garden

Area Aims / themes / stratagies for area. May-19
Gate borders Umbles theme. Plants that can be used for flower arrangments and wreaths. Plus a clump climbing green beans to illustrate story stompers jack and the bean stalk. keep weeded and watered using leaky hose in dry weather
natural kitchen play area Provide young children with a multi seosory natural play expereince. Setting for story stompers. In warm weather keep willow watered.
Beds 1-8 of the upper four crop rotation and bed 9 perennial veg bed. Theme for 2019 – Red Veg. Aims :- demonstrati beds for how to grow attractive unsusal varieties or red veg. Duel purpose plants as edible and ornamental.
bed 1 Roots overflow bed keep watered and weeded. Thin out seedlings as necessary.
bed 2 leaf greens direct sow Radicchio Cesare for autumn / winter salads. Harvest Sept / Feb
bed 3 salads and garlic Thin seedlings, keep watered and weeded.
bed 4 brassica seed bed When seedlings have 5-6 leaves they are ready for transplating into their permenant position in the brassica bed, and putting covering insect proof netting over thie metal frame.
bed 5 Roots
bed 6 Brassicas Companion plant tabaco plant and hyssop amongst brassicas to protect froem cabbge white butterflies.
bed 7 Legumes construct pea supports, and direct pea plants up these. Ensure pea plants are well watered when flowering.
bed 8 Cucurbitaceae/ Cucurbites bed Plant out from late May to early June. Harvest from July onwards.
bed 9 – Perennial veg bed harvest rhubarb from now till mid summer. Companion plant a small number of bush tomatoes amongst asparagus to act as a deterrant against asparagus beetle.
Free standing Beans bed infront of UGH plant out from late May to early June. Harvest in autumn.
Kitchen garden / seating area How to plant a kitchen garden, and harvest the produce from it through out the year.
Green roofs show how to reduce run off and collect rainwater
Woodland area as a wildlife habitat.
Wildlife habitat providing bug hoel, dead hedge, stag beetle stack and signage plus tree identification signs.
Woodland soft fruit growing area Show how to grow soft fruit, & how to, prune, support, take cuttings and harvest. keep netted and weeded. Give additional water if very dry weather .Make greenwood cuttings of gooseberries.
Woodland – Top fruit – i.e. fruit grown on trees rather than bushes Show how to grow top fruit, & how to, prune, support, take cuttings for grafting and harvest. Check pear trees regularly and if necessary thin fruit
Top fruit growing in the herb garden. Show how to grow top fruit, & how to, prune, support, take cuttings for grafting and harvest.
Soft Fruit growing in the herb garden how to grow, propagate and harvest strawberries
Top fruit growing in the upper garden. Show how to harvest and use to make jams.
Grape vine in the upper greenhouses. Show how to grow, prune, maintain good health, take cuttings from and harvest. cut off laterals after two clusters of grapes
Fern bank Show how to grow ferns, (spore bearning, shade loving plants. Educational resource for plant evolution. Keep ferns weeded. In dry weather check ferns have sufficent water.
Bog garden Grow a range of plants that like to grow in boggy condtions weed
wildlife pond maintain a wildlife pond which is an important habitat and breeding ground for benificial garden insects and other wildlife ensure that planters beside pond are regularly watered. Top up pond water levels if it drops well below marginal plants planting baskets.
Perennial meadow Maintain a perennial meadow as attractive visual feature seen from the front gates. Good resource for pollinating insects and wildlife. water with sprinkler in very dry weather
Raspberry bed To grow raspberries Net area – to protect fruit from birds.
Tomato / ?Solanaceae bed Cordon tomatoes started in the UGH to be planted out in late May, and plant supports to be constructed.
Education bed Vegetables and flowers that the educaton team want to grow for school sessions etc.
Squash / Cucurbita bed grow 3 varieteis of squash, 2 summer squash and one winter squash. Start off in UGH and plant out late May once risk of frost has passed.
Gherkin bed harden off small plants in late May and then plant out in bed.
Free standing bed infront of UGH Once risk of frosts has pased plant out drying bean Borlotto. Construct bean poles to support beans.
Greenwood working area
Upper Greenhouses 1. BPCG produce for growing under glass.
Upper Greenhouses 2. BPCG plants for planting out into our garden.
Upper Greenhouses 3. BPCG plants for retail.
Herb garden weed/ water
Sensory Bed weed / water
Hot border
Cold frames
Passive greenhouses Auabergines ‘Black Beauty’ and sweet bell peppers ‘Lipstick’, in pots, water regularly and feed weekly with SM3 until flowering, then feed with SM5. Salad, keep to harvest for May Fete.
Deck planters
Odorf border weed
Dye stock bed
Oriental veg bed Plant out kohlrabi in top third of bed. Keep weeded.
Lower four crop rotation – 4 beds
Bed 1 brassicas Companion plant tabaco plant and hyssop amongst brassicas to protect from cabbge white butterflies.
Bed 2 legumes plant beans out into beds in May. check borad beans for when they are ready to harvest.
Bed 3 roots Salsify ‘Sandwich Island’,and parsnips, Tender and True, thin out as necessary.
Bed 4 Solanaceae potato bed, and yacon (another root veg) earth up as shoots appear
4 crop beds companion plants gorw a range of companion plants to plant amongst veg beds to repell common pests

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