Garden preparation for May

Photo by Zack Dowell

Photo by Zack Dowell

What to do in the garden in May to get ready for all the plants that will be in the ground before you know it? May is an in-between month for many gardening zones. Too cold to plant your less hardy varietals that might be harmed by a late frost, but just warm enough to start prepping the soil for those seeds that can take a little colder weather. But regardless of what gardening zone you are in,  there are plenty of tasks to be done to prep your garden and give it the head start it needs to perform:

  • Rip out invasive plants while the soil is damp, before they spread even further.
  • Check out spring flowering trees and shrubs while they are in bloom and make notes for future purchases.
  • Ready your compost bin, turn it and add nitrogen or plant matter if need be.
  • Keep a watch out for asparagus beetles, aphids, cabbage worms, cutworms, scale, slugs & snails and any signs of fungal diseases.
  • Clean the flower pots with a solution of bleach and water to kill any lingering disease or mold if used from one season to the next. If you have Togetherfarm Blocks, you can simply toss them in the dishwasher for one cycle!
  • Seed cool season vegetables and root crops after mid-month (beetsbeanscabbagecarrots,chard, lettuce, onionspotatoesradishesturnips).
  • Start warm season melons and squash indoors, to transplant after Memorial Day.
  • Keep seeding lettuces, greens and beans.
  • Summer bulbs can be planted outdoors.

For those of you new to gardening this year, you can get a head start on the Spring weather by snapping your Togetherfarm garden beds together, add a good compost rich soil, and plant your zone appropriate veggies and flowers.

And here is a zone-specific garden “to do” list  from the USDA, and a task specific to do list for each zone at Organic Gardening.

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