Monday, May 6, 2019

Zone 6 & 7 Garden Tasks for May

Snowball and Lilac trees in bloom // Zone 6 & 7 Garden Tasks for May // www.thejoyblog.net

MAY IS HERE, YOU GUYS!!! Why am I yelling? It's because this is the month of no more frosts, and that makes it the best month of the year! Our last frost date is typically early in the month so once Mother's Day rolls around, we are good to go!

SUMMER PLANTING

This month most of what you'll be focusing on is getting your summer gardens planted. Plant cucumber, cantaloupe, beans, corn, squash, cucumber, melon transplants or seeds. Continue sowing more cool season vegetable seeds outside, like radishes, to keep your harvests coming into summertime.

Early in the month, finish hardening-off tomatoes, peppers and eggplants, and plant them outside after Mother's Day. Apply fertilizer to jumpstart the vegetable garden and water well. Keep your eye on weather forecasts in case there is a surprise cold snap. Use frost blankets to protect tender plants if this happens. Start planting summer annuals like zinnias and whatever you like from the garden centers. Mulch to prevent weeds. Pot up flowers or foliage plants for porches, and patios, and decorate your home with them.

Potted mini roses in bloom // Zone 6 & 7 Garden Tasks for May // www.thejoyblog.net

HARVESTS

Most of your cool-weather veggies will be ready to harvest if they weren't in April. Harvest the outer leaves of lettuces regularly to keep them productive, and to prevent them from bolting early. Harvest radishes when they're about an inch wide or slightly larger. Pick peas frequently to encourage production. You should be eating lots of salads, peas, radishes, and whatever else you planted.

Spring harvests from the garden // Zone 6 & 7 Garden Tasks for May // www.thejoyblog.net
Spring radishes from the garden // Zone 6 & 7 Garden Tasks for May // www.thejoyblog.net


LAWN CARE

Start mowing the lawn this month, and water when it's dry. Consider aerating, and looking into weed control. If you're comfortable with it, you can harvest all those pesky dandelions since they pack a lot of beneficial nutrients for humans.

Spring Vegetable Garden // Zone 6 & 7 Garden Tasks for May // www.thejoyblog.net


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