May Gardening

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May in the Garden

Vegetables and Fruits

Plant tomato, pepper, and eggplant transplants in early May
Seed sweet corn, cucumbers, squash, beans, and other warm season vegetables

Lightly cultivate soil with a hoe to control weeds
Mound soil around potato plants to encourage tuber formation

Harvest fresh asparagus until the spear size decreases
Remove rhubarb seed stalks to encourage leaf growth

Plant kitchen herbs for summer use in dishes or food preservation


Plant annual flowers for summer color
Continue to plant and divide perennials

Mulch beds for weed control and moisture retention
Begin pinching chrysanthemums for bushier plants
Donít remove foliage from spring bulbs until it dies down - this develops stronger blooms for next year

Plant container gardens and hanging baskets using a good quality potting mix


Reduce thatch in lawns by raking or core aerating
Fertilize lawns with slow release nitrogen fertilizer

Mow bluegrass and tall fescue at 3 inches
Donít begin watering before you have to

Trees and Shrubs

Plant new trees and shrubs
Prune spring flowering shrubs after bloom

Mulch around young trees and shrubs to conserve moisture and control weeds

Water young plants as needed
Remove tree wraps for summer growth

Remove tree stakes that have been in place more than one growing season
Fertilize trees to help increase growth
Be careful mowing or trimming around trees so as not to damage the bark

House plants

Fertilize plants to promote vigorous growth

Rotate plants to develop a well-rounded plant
Wash dusty leaves in the shower under room temperature water

Four to six inch cuttings are a great way to start new plants, root in potting mix under low light

Repot plants into a one inch larger pot
Check for insects


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