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A week of ‘Gardening-To-Do-Cartoons’ in May

The worms have spent some time thinking of tasks in the garden for May this week. There’s quite a few to dos, this is our omnibus sharing the cartoons we drew. Follow our blog to get more daily gardening cartoons, ideas, tasks and tips.

The worms have spent some time thinking of tasks in the garden for May this week. There’s quite a few to dos, here’s a recap for you. Happy gardening this weekend, from the Wrigglers.

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  • The cartoon headline says, “Knowing what to prune is as important as knowing what not to prune, at this time of the year … like Elder” Two worms are in the soil, on the ground in front of them is a pruned wintersweet clipping. One worm, standing in the soil says, “ Or wintersweet” The other worm, who has been cut in half says, “or me”
  • The cartoon headline says, “Evergreen hedges, Like Box, can be pruned at the end of May, but best to wait until all risk of frost has passed.” Two worms are looking at a cardboard box, in front of a hedge. One worm says to the other, “ Their Box hasn’t needed pruning in all of the years I’ve been here.”
  • The cartoon headline says, “It’s a good time to prune your Choiysa. Remove frost damage and cut back any wild looking side shoots …” The image is of two worms looking at a wild side shoot of a choiysa. One of the worms says o the other, “That’s as wild as it gets around here”
  • The cartoon headline says, “Harden off tender plants by putting them out doors in the morning, bringing in at night ….” The image is of two worms looking at a load of young tender plants in a row. One of the worms says o the other, “Avoid wind, midday sun, frosts, slugs …” The other work says, “ If it ws up to me I’d leave them indoors”
  • The headline says, “Now’s a good time to dos one spring pruning and improve the shape of your plants.” The image is of two works under a lilac branch. One of the worms says, “ Early flowering shrubs bloom on the last year’s stems, so prune them once this season’s flowers faded.” The other worm says, “Like lilacs?” The worm replies, “They’re alright.”
  • Snip, pot and cover softwood cuttings with a bag. Ensure good air circulation and keep the bag off your cuttings … The image shows two worms in a pot with cuttings, it is covered with a plastic bag … the two worms are supporting the plastic bag to keep it off the cuttings. One worm says to the other worm, “I suppose you're going to blame that smell on the compost?”

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The wrigglers are amateur gardeners, most of the cartoons we draw come from the work we do in our garden. One thing we’re doing at the moment is growing some wildflowers and looking at ways to support the #putpollinatorsfirst campaign

The Wrigglers have joined the #putpollinators first Campaign

Wild flower meadows flower for longer due to the diverse range of plants in them. That’s more flowers for you, and more food for the bees and insects. Plant one and join the Gardener’s World Put Pollinators First campaign – raising awareness of the decline of our pollinators @GWmagazine

Click to see our ‘Put Pollinators First’ page

Gardener’s world launched its #putpollinatorsfirst campaign, as part of their 30th Anniversary celebrations of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. See what you can do to play your part:

Join in the Gardener’s World team and pledge here

With a panel of pollinator experts, committed to helping bees and other pollinating insects to thrive, Dr Trevor Dines says, ” Since the 1930’s, over 97 percent of our wildflower meadows have been destroyed. That’s 7.5 million acres, gone. Now you can understand why our pollinators are in such trouble.”

There are 3 ideas:

Sow some pollinator meadow seeds

Create habitats for butterflies, moths and caterpillars

Make a cornfield nectar bar

By making a meadow, even on a small scale, we can provide a banquet for pollinators that’ll help them to thrive.

Here are some seed suppliers and links:

Dobies

Thomson and Morgan – how to sow wildflower seeds

RHS – How to grow a mini wild flower meadow

More from the worms

Year-round garden pruning guide

Great advice and full of quick and simple tips too, for example … don’t cut into tender plants or evergreens right now as their top growth provides insulation from penetrating cold.

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