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May Tips

IN BLOOM

April showers bring May flowers! So many plants are blooming, more and more annuals and perennials become available. Color starts to burst everywhere. This is the ideal time to plant, so you can enjoy your garden all summer long.

 

MOTHER’S DAY

Treat mom right! Give the gift of roses and clematis to celebrate Mother’s Day. Both pair together beautifully and can go straight into the garden. Mom’s also love colorful hanging baskets, patio pots and summer blooming annuals and perennials. Inside our market, there is a great selection of home & garden decor, including wind chimes, garden stakes, cedar furniture and accessaries for the home.

 

FROST

Wait until there is no danger of a frosty night. Once that happens you can put out fuchsia baskets and plant frost-sensitive vegetables and flowers like tomatoes, basil, and impatiens outside without protection.

RAISED BEDS

Raised beds and plastic mulch can help increase the soil temperature faster for strong, early growth of heat-loving plants like peppers, cucumbers, and melons. Raised beds are ideal for growing vegetables and herbs. Gardening in a raised bed puts less strain on your back, so maintaining a weed free, bountiful veggie garden is easy. There are few things better than picking chemical free produce from your own yard and bringing it to the table for all to enjoy.

VEGETABLES & HERBS

Plant your favorite heat-loving veggies this month. They include eggplant, hot and sweet peppers, tomatoes, melons, squash, beans, corn, and cucumbers.

Tuck herbs into the garden as soil warms. Plant dill and fennel in vegetable gardens and flower borders for an airy texture. The blooms to attract beneficial insects, which can keep harmful insects in check. Allow plants to set seed and you’ll be rewarded with volunteers next year.

Edge your planting beds with herbs. Chives, basil, tricolor sage, and parsley all make pretty edgings. Thyme forms a lovely ground-hugging mat that’s ideal for front-of-the-border planting.

If your planting beds tend toward the moist side, tuck Mediterranean herbs — rosemary, thyme, and lavender — in unglazed terra-cotta containers. The porous pots keep roots on the dry side, so plants can thrive.

 

HARVESTING

Keep the kitchen garden productive with a twice-weekly harvest routine. Harvesting encourages plants to continue producing. On harvest day, cut everything that is ripe. For crops like spinach, lettuce, and cilantro that do not hold well in the garden, harvests the entire plant.

DEADHEADING

Cut off the dead flowers on spring-blooming bulbs, but not the leaves, which feed the bulbs for blooms next year.

HOUSEPLANTS

Repot houseplants and other potted plants with fresh potting soil and divide them if the roots completely fill the pot. Open your windows, let the air in. Freshening up your indoor gardens will create a calming and healthy environment to your home.

LUSH LAWNS

Mow the grass high (3-4 inches) and leave it where it lies to feed the soil that nourishes it. Add Dr. Earth Lawn Fertilizer to give your lawn the boost it needs after the winter.

WEEDING

It is a never ending process, but a necessary one for a beautiful healthy garden. Pull weeds after spring rains, and they’ll slip easily from soil than when the ground is dry. For a non-toxic weed remover, vinegar is effective for removing weeds from driveways and patio areas.

FERTILIZING

If you have poor soil, dig in some type of controlled-release organic fertilizer into planting holes this month for anything you plant. This is especially helpful for annuals and perennials. When direct sowing annuals or vegetables, you can work fertilizer into planting beds. Or wait until after plants are up and have been growing two weeks, then scratch fertilizer lightly into soil.

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