Welcome back. I’m David the Good. Today we’re going to look at what to plant in your garden in May.
Something important to watch is your last estimated frost date. When is it? Know when it is, and it’ll give you an idea of what’s likely to live and what might get cooked.
Gardener’s divide up crops into warm season and cool season. There are some things that love spring, the cool days, they don’t mind some frosty nights. We’ve talked about that before.
Cool season crops:
kale, cabbage, beets, carrots, mustard, fava beans, english peas.
These all grow well and they can take some frost.
You may need to cover them if there is a prolonged late frost with a cloche. Take a two liter bottle or milk jug and cut off the bottom and put it over a seedling.
May is kind of transitional month. It’s getting warmer, you could start putting some warm season things in like:
You can get fancy, heirloom varieties. You can get hybrid varieties. You can get cherry tomatoes. You can get beefsteak tomatoes. You can get romo tomatoes. If you’re a beginner cherry tomatoes are the absolute easiest to grow. Beefsteak tomatoes are harder as they require more nutrition, more care, better staking etc
Tomatoes are easy to grow from transplants or from seeds. I prefer to start them from seeds. But, if you don’t have much time go ahead and start them from transplants.
Get them in the ground, and get growing. Just be ready to protect them if anything gets cold. Because they don’t like the cold.
Peppers are something else you’re going to want to start at this time of year. Get them in the ground. Watch out for the cold, again, I’m going to keep saying that. Watch out for a late frost. Make sure you cover them if that happens.
The hot peppers are a lot easier to grow than bell peppers. Bell peppers take more babying, more care, more fertilizer.
Hot peppers just pretty much grow on their own.
Now is the time to get the zucchini, summer squash, pumpkins, winter squash in the ground.
The way I like to plant them is dig a pit and then throw a bunch of rough material from the kitchen in the pit. If you’ve got like fish guts that sort of thing, bury them in there. You can bury dog food. Anything that’s like high in protein and some nitrogen. All kinds of scraps, ashes, that sort of stuff. Bury it in a pit. Manure, whatever. And then make a little mound over the top and plant the squash and they’re going to grow like crazy
Why not spend your spare time digging more beds. I like to simply just double dig beds. I don’t bother putting boundaries on beds. I like to move the ground around and just make gently mounded beds, like 4 foot by 8 foot or so.
If you’ve got plants you want to put in but you’re a little bit afraid it’s going to freeze. Get those beds dug on nice cool days when you come home from work in the evening. Dig yourself a bed, make a nice rounded bed. Pull the rocks out of it. Take out a chunk of grass and get it ready. And then when things get warmer, you can go ahead and plant.
Thanks for reading. I’m David the Good. Until next time, may your thumbs always be green.