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This Almanac should be used as a
general guideline of common garden tasks. You should modify the list based
on your specific geographic area.
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May is the month when most of us all head
into our main gardening season. It is during this month that most
vegetables can be planted.
In the Vegetable Garden
- Set out
tomato plants when evening temperatures stay above 50 degrees F.
Melons should be planted as soon
as all danger of frost is past. Plant extra seeds in the hill and cull as
- Sow tender plants like
squash after all danger of frost is past.
Brussels Sprouts can also be planted now.
- Succession crops of
other greens can be planted for longer harvest times.
- Every couple of days, loosen up the
crust on cucumber, squash, and melons to help the seedlings to emerge and to help prevent dampening
Rhubarb plants can use a heavy
dose of composted manure. spread around the plants and dig in well.
peppers can be set out later in the month in the North and earlier in
New Zealand Spinach as an alternative or adjunct to standard
spinach. It does great in warmer climates and is a perennial in
climates with milder winters.
- If you are a beginning gardener, don't
bush beans. It is not much more difficult to cultivate pole-type or
climbers and you will be rewarded with longer harvest periods and greater
amounts for the same garden space. Check out our trellising ideas on our
Witloof chicory can be planted
early this month. They will provide roots that can be used in the cellar
for forcing in the Winter as a crop of 'Belgium' or 'White' Endive.
- If frost threatens, cover tender plants
with straw, buckets, or old blankets. Make sure not to crush the plants.
- Don't forget to include kitchen
sage, and mints.
In the Flower Garden
- Nearly all varieties of
flower seeds may be sown in the garden at this time.
- Plants received by mail should be
allowed to soak in water for several minutes and planted as soon as
Forget-Me-Nots and other "clumping" plants can be divided.
- Dahlias should be divided and planted
- Plant annuals in between your waning
tulip and daffodil bulbs.
- Do not remove daffodil foliage until
after it yellows and begins to brown.
- Before your
sweet peas fall over, make sure that you have provide some form of
Trees & Shrubs
- Now is the time to train evergreen
shrubs like arbor viatae, hemlock, spruce and yew into shapes.
- Mulch blueberry plants heavily with
sawdust. Douglas fir works excellent.
- Mulching newly planted shrubs and trees
with grass clippings, leaves, or peat to conserve moisture. Newly planted
roses, perennials, and fruit trees will also benefit from this practice.
Note: This almanac page should be
used as a general guideline of common garden tasks. You should modify the
list based on your specific geographic area. For a very useful tool to
aide in planning your garden,