May Gardening Tips

Things to do:vegetables

  • Water compost piles regularly and turn when necessary.
  • Control earwigs with biological insecticidal soap.
  • Plant a diversity of herbs and flowers to attract beneficial insects.
  • Fertilize fruit trees, roses, berries and strawberries.

Plant Directly: beets, swiss chard, carrots, potatoes (plant from roots or sets), radishes, strawberry starts, sunflowers

Start in Flats Mid-Month: basil, beets, leeks, parsnips, new zealand spinach

Start in Flats End of Month: cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, squash (summer & winter)

Thin-Out Seedlings: eggplants, peppers, tomatoes (transplant to larger pots)

Transplant Mid-Month: (or can also be plannted directly) broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chives, swiss chard, collards, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, onions, parsley (may need protected); also transplant mid-month: beets, peas, lettuce, parsley, parsnips, spinach, new zealand spinach, turnips

Gardening Hint: For a happy garden, use companion planting!

* LAST SOFT FROST APROXIMATELY MAY 15