It’s May and it’s monthly gardening time, and I, per usual, am behind schedule. Tell me I’m not the only one!
Monthly Gardening: May Showers Bring Me Flowers
And greens, and veggies, and weeds, oh my! Although it’s actually, finally, spring, it hardly feels like it. This is just one of those years where winter lasted forever, and the weather went straight to feeling like summer. Our springs are typically pretty wet, and this one has been no different. However, although it’s been raining, it’s been extremely hot (90s).
The only real task in May for indoor seedlings is potting up all of the tomato and pepper plants. It’s a chore, but well worth it to give them more room and a head start on the season. This is particularly advantageous for tomato seedlings as they grow new roots from their stems. For this reason, bury them up to their first set of true leaves when potting up. I also may start some edible flowers indoors like chamomile, sweet alyssum, and anise hyssop.
Because garlic is planted in the fall, I weed the garlic bed and add a layer of compost in May.
Any beds not planted are weeded and amended with compost, azomite, and a balanced organic fertilizer for heavy feeders.
Continue to sow radishes, carrots, beets, and greens for a continuous supply. Mid-May and beyond, sow corn, beans, summer squash, and flowers. Late May, sow melons, cucumbers, and winter squash. I’ll also sow herbs like basil, cilantro, dill, sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, chervil, lemon balm, etc.
Weather and time-abiding, one should transplant tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant mid- to late-may, but I rarely ever do. It’s true. May is an extremely busy month, and it’s a huge task. We usually head up north to Matt’s family cabin over Memorial weekend, so this task is left for when I return. I like to give them plenty of time to harden off and want to keep an eye on them after transplant, so transplant usually spills into the first week of June.
In May, harvest asparagus, rhubarb, radishes, greens, strawberries, green garlic, ramps, and morels and make:
We introduced the bees to their new hives and everybody is settling in nicely. Bee packages and nucs are typically delivered at the end of April or May for introduction into the hives.
Alright, short and sweet and signing off, because it’s time to head back outside!