Now the risk of a morning frost is passed, its time to plant up some containers, hanging baskets and planters. Make sure you water your hanging baskets, three times a week and liquid feed them or add slow release fertilizer.
Cut back spring- flowering shrubs and start to plant out your annual summer bedding plants. Harden off half hardy bedding plants ready for planting out. Keep an eye out for cold nights, at this time of year as some plants still need protection.
You should be mowing once a week this month. It is an ideal time to feed your lawn, prune your shrubs as they go out of flower and thin out vegetable plants. Also a great time to mix a few inches of compost or regular fertilizer into the soil. It will keep plants healthy as they begin to flower and produce fruit.
It is a good time to reapply mulch in areas that may need it. The added mulch will keep weeds down and keep plants healthy in the hot months. Water plants well as they establish new roots.
Use shrubs as container plants in summer to create a leafy backdrop on a patio or deck. In fall transplant them to a permanent spot in the garden.
Add flowers that will keep blooming from now to fall. Alyssum in the front of a sunny border, cosmos in the middle of the border and spiderwort behind the cosmos. Plant root vegetables like radishes, carrots, beets, and potatoes. Hardy plants like peas, scallions, kale, and chard also do well sown into the ground.
Gardening can help improve strength, muscle mass, aerobic endurance, and functional movement.