May brings warmer temperatures and lots of sunshine to the USA garden, ensuring that gardeners can enjoy longer days outdoors. This month also means gardening tasks to keep the garden tidy. To save money on all your gardening plans and needs use a Lowes Discount Coupon from We Are Coupons.
When choosing plants for the garden, it’s important to consider your plant hardiness zone. This is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature for your area.
May is an exciting time to get busy in the garden – it is a time when most of your fruit and vegetable crops are safely sown, you can start planting flowers and tender plants, as well as prune and weed. You can also start to paint and repair garden furniture, bird baths, and other hardscapes.
Planting tasks for May include sowing seeds for summer annuals and tender perennials, as well as planning flower beds for spring bulbs, and preparing azaleas, camelias, and fruit trees for fall bloom. It is also a great time to plant warm weather vegetables, such as beans, melons, and squash.
Vegetables that can be sown in May include beetroot, carrots, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, leeks, lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, and seed potatoes. Water these crops regularly, especially if the soil is dry.
Tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants can be sown in May, as long as the weather isn't cold enough to cause frost. Protect tomatoes and eggplants from late frosts by placing them in a cloche or fleece if necessary.
Cucumbers, pumpkins and squash can be sown in May, but they will require at least 3 to 4 months of warm weather before producing. These heat-loving plants can be planted under cover to ensure they get the best possible start.
Beetroot, purple sprouting broccoli, broad beans, carrots, and chard can all be sown a few at a time in the early part of May. You can also sow a few seed potatoes and salad leaves now, once the risk of frost has passed.
You can also plant summer bulbs, such as tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils. Planted now, they will flower in early June.
Perennials that can be planted in May include astilbe, liriope, phlox, primroses, and sweet Williams. You can also transplant Louisiana irises, Easter lilies, and cannas.
If the weather is too cold to plant spring bulb plants such as daffodils and tulips, you can order a shipment of these plants to enjoy in the garden later in the year. You can also order other spring flowers including calendulas, columbines, English daisies, forget-me-nots, pansies, and violets.