May is a beautiful month. Spring blooming flowers brighten up our yards. Gardeners everywhere are planting all kinds of flowers, vegetables, and herbs. Our May Gardening Tips focus on spring planting and early, cool weather crops.
Gardening Tip #1: Lilacs are one of spring’s most beautiful and fragrant flowers. When trimming lilac shrubs, care and caution are needed, to avoid cutting off next year’s blooms. How and When to Prune Lilacs
Gardening Tip #2: Thinning plants to the proper spacing is the toughest job for any gardener. You just hate to throw out any plant. But, it is necessary for the proper growth and health of your plants. Thin plants as early as possible. More on Thinning Plants……
Gardening Tip #3: Does the thought of plump, juicy strawberries make your mouth water? Juicy strawberries have the same effect on birds. Keep them out with bird netting. More on Bird Control
Gardening Tip #4: Asparagus is a rewarding crop. Mature Asparagus plants need little care to produce a big crop, has no plant disease problems, and are not bothered by insects or pests. To keep your spring crop producing, pick tender, young spears continuously, until the spears begin to get thin. More on Growing Asparagus
Gardening Tip #5: Lettuce grows best in cool weather. It wilts, bolts, and goes to seed in hot, humid weather. While it prefers full sun, planting lettuces where it receives afternoon shade, allows you to grow them later into the season. More on Growing Lettuces…….
Gardening Tip #6: Pumpkins are tender annuals. A frost or freeze will kill them. A cold snap in the thirties, or low forties, can stunt their growth. Be prepared to cover them up whenever nighttime temperatures are expected to fall to the mid-forties. More on How to Grow Pumpkins
Gardening Tip #7: You plant a row of beans. When harvest time arrives, you have more than you can use or give away. This year, vow to use Succession Planting techniques. It’s easy. Learn How to Plant Succession Crops…..
Gardening Tip # 8: Every gardener should grow a little more organically each year. It’s good for you, your family, and the environment. You don’t have to go “all in, all at once”. Start with just one thing. May we suggest: Using compost for fertilizer. Or….. Using Epsom Salt
Gardening Tip #9: Chinese Lanterns are a popular and attractive plant. Many people are fascinated by the papery orange-red lanterns that are great as dried flowers. But, the roots of Chinese lantern plants are invasive. Use garden edging to limit the spread. More on How to Grow Chinese Lanterns………
Gardening Tip #10: Your Tulips and Daffodils put on a brilliant display. Now, the blooms are dying off. As the days progress, the plants lose their vigor and tidy appearance. Delay cutting them back as long as you can. The plant is making food to replenish the bulb for next year’s blooms. The longer you wait, the bigger and brighter next year’s blooms will be. How to Grow Bulbs
More Gardening Resources:
May 1 – May Day – This day is celebrated with spring flowers, kewl!
May 8 – Iris Day
May 16 – Love a Tree Day – Give your tree a big hug!
May 20 – Pick Strawberries Day – It’s a sweet thing to do.
May 29 – Composting Day– Learn about eco-friendly composting, make some compost, more
May 30 – Water a Flower Day
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