May is here at last. The weather is warmer and sunnier, the days are getting longer and summer is definitely on its way.
You may think it’s too late to grow all your favorite vegetables from seeds, but warm May temperatures have made the soil perfect for sowing seeds. Warm soil will allow for fast germination and growing plants!
Mother’s Day is the unofficial first day of gardening season because it’s the first day that it’s considered safe to plant new flower seeds outdoors.
It’s time to mow the lawn, plant bedding and get those weeds under control.
Mow the lawn :-
Cut the lawn once a week, as most mowers struggle to cut grass if it gets too long.
Plant summer bedding :-
Dig over the ground before you plant, removing any weeds.
Give the bedding plants a thorough soak with water and then plant them at the distance recommended on the label or seed packet.
Control weeds :-
Catch weeds while they’re small by hoeing borders and the veg garden once a week.
Paths, drives and patios can be kept weed-free by spraying with a path weedkiller.
Always use pruning shears, never use a hedge trimmer, and clip the branches off at different lengths inside the shrub for a more natural look. Avoid giving your landscape a severe crew cut.
Mulch, Mulch, Mulch :-
The best way to keep your garden (and your back) healthy is to mulch your garden with several inches of compost, pine needles, shredded bark, grass clippings, straw, or even newspaper.
Vegetables to grow in May :-
Cabbages, cauliflowers, sprouts, and broccoli
May is probably the last month for sowing Brussels sprouts if you want them ready by the end of the year. The same goes for cauliflowers and cabbages (except for next spring’s early varieties). Sow them all indoors or out, depending on the weather.
Chillies, peppers, and cucumbers
To be safe, continue to sow chillies and peppers indoors. Outdoors, even in May, seeds may not germinate.
Continue to sow maincrop peas, mangetouts, and snap peas outdoors, protecting seedlings with cloches or nets if necessary.
Carrots, beetroot, swedes, and turnips can now safely be sown outdoors.
Flowers to sow in May
Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus L.) are popular annual flowers that add a cheerful note to the landscape. The seeds take four to six days to germinate in the warm summer soil when planted in mid- to late May and grow rapidly to mature by the end of August or early September.
Commonly grown in May, the versatile, easy-care flower grows 8 to 36 inches tall, depending on the variety.
Zinnias (Zinnia spp.) are popular annuals that bloom in late June or early July when planted in May.
Morning glories are colorful climbers with slender stems, large, heart-shaped leaves, and trumpet-shaped flowers that curl gorgeously into themselves to eventually create seed pods for next year.