14 May May Gardening Tips – What To Do In Your Garden This Month
April showers bring May flowers…but not if you haven’t planted them yet! Don’t worry; it’s not too late to start your summer garden. There are some flowers and vegetables that can still be planted in May, and may do even better now than if they had been planted earlier. Here are some tips to use in your garden this May.
· Plant tomatoes in mid-late May.
· Plant cucumbers, zucchini, and squash throughout the month.
· If you sow radish seeds in cucumber and squash beds/pots, it will help keep away the cucumber beetle.
· If you are not sure where to start, visit your local garden center or nursery for those plants you were not able to start by seed earlier. They should help you find the best ones to plant in May.
· Plant Nasturtiums, Lilies, Dahlias, Pansies, Petunias, and Snapdragons this month.
· Toward the end of May when it is warmer, plant Marigolds, Cardinal flowers and Zinnias.
· Plant poppies and cornflowers to attract bees and butterflies to your garden.
· Setting stakes next to your taller flowers this month will help to support the plants later on when they grow.
Other May Garden Tips:
· This is a great time of year to start a Hummingbird feeder. This article has all sorts of info on hummingbirds.
· Set up a drip irrigation system for hot months to come. More info here.
· Slugs and snails love this time of year, be sure to take steps to control them now before they destroy your garden.
· Be cautious if you live in an area that is not yet warm. There could still be cold weather to come! Don’t move your plants outside unless you check the forecast. Hardiness zone maps are based on past years’ averages, and can’t predict a freak frost or snowstorm, or a prolonged spring drought.
Whether you are ready to start a vegetable garden for the summer or just want a few indoor plants this season, May is a wonderful time to get started! We hope our tips inspire you to start a project this month. If you need some more advice check out this article for tips and this article for what to sow and grow in May.
What are you most excited to get started on? Please leave a comment!