Warmer weather is finally here to stay, at least in my neck of the woods. Though we are in for a rainy one this week, sunshine and warmer temps aren’t far behind. Last month, I finally got out to my garden and started some of my favorite hardy veggies! And now, it’s warm enough to start the rest of the veggies, too! Check out these monthly gardening tips for May!
Now that the threat of a hard frost has passed (hopefully) it’s time to get your perennial (and annual) flowers fertilized and in the ground. Pick a cool, sunny day to do your planting and give flowers a hearty soak after fertilizing to get them started on the right foot. Now is a good time to stake tall perennials like Peonies and Hydrangeas, as well!
While you likely cleaned up your garden during the earlier months, it’s still a good time to go over your garden beds now for weeds. They can truly Spring up anytime and it’s best to do what you can to thin them out now! Check out these weed control tips and tricks here.
Depending on the climate in which you live, May is the perfect month of the year to move your houseplants, at least temporarily. If you live somewhere where it stays in the 70s all summer long with plenty of humidity, you can probably leave your houseplants outside all Summer. If you live in an area with more extreme heat, it’s probably a good idea to only keep houseplants outside during the first few weeks of May. Either way, make sure you keep an eye out for pests!
For healthy trees, all year long, make sure that you prune them after they finish flowering in late May. Now is also a good time to remove damaged or dying fronds from palm trees. Now would also be a good time to plant fruit trees, though you may not see a harvest until next growing season.
Planning on brightening up your garden with some gorgeous plants from the nursery? Better head out there before Memorial Day! Most gardeners like to get their plants in the ground by Memorial Day, and often times, nurseries have a sale or two around this time of year. Make sure you get what you want before the selection is picked over!
Plant squash after Memorial Day, after the threat of the squash borer insects, have passed. You’ll be so glad that you did because now you’ll have plenty of totally healthy squash!