How odd has this spring been? For the past 4 weeks we've experienced at least 1 to 2 days every week that has seen temps dropping and cold windy days. At this point I personally think our own garden is a bit confused. Out plants don't know if its summer, spring or winter!
Hopefully this confusion is just about over and our gardens can get to growing and producing us some fabulous veggies.
During May, we usually move from comfortable nice days to sweltering heat. Our daytime highs will start reaching into the lower 90's and the best times to consider working in the garden will be early morning or evening.
It is time to start removing your cool-season flowers and work on getting the bed ready for the more heat-tolerant varieties. Make sure to turn your soil about 6-8 inches down and consider adding a good compost like composted cow manure or chicken manure. An even better additive will come from your compost bin, like rotted leaves and grass clippings.
Make sure to water thoroughly after planting and to spread out mulch to cover. Mulch not only looks pretty, it greatly increases water retention and helps prevent weeds in your beds.
Make sure to keep a check on any plants your might have recently purchased at garage sales or First Monday as you might have brought home various fungus or other pests.
You might have noticed a few bare patches as your lawn starts to thicken up for the year. This might be caused by a fungus or maybe it was a heavily trafficked path during the colder winter months and just wore down. Its best to plant Bermuda & Centipede seeds starting this month so they will have time to become established before winter arrives.
It is best to have fertilized last month, but if you forgot, its still ok. Make sure if you have new sod, that your wait about 6-8 weeks before fertilizing so the sod has time to develop its root system.
May is also the month for your 2nd application of Balan, a weed pre-emergent. Alot of people forget this 2nd treatment, but it must be done to keep those pesky weeds out of your beautiful lawn AND keep those dreaded sticker burs away. Your 3rd application will be end of August/early September.
Its time to clean out the cool season veggies and get ready to plant a whole new crop that is heat tolerant. Vegetables such as eggplant, okra, squash, watermelon, peppers, southern peas, heat-tolerant tomatoes and cantaloupe.
For vegetables planted in March, its now time to side-dress with a granular fertilizer. As a general rule of thumb, you'll want to side-dress your tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and squash when they start setting fruit. For your watermelons, cucumbers, squash and cantaloupes, you'll want to side-dress when they start to run. Choose a good fertilizer that is high in nitrogen, like 15-5-10
The Critters We Love (or Not?)
During the month clean out birdbaths, and fountains to provide fresh clean water for birds and even squirrels. Butterflies will be out fluttering around this month and we have already had quite a of these beautiful visitors on our Marigolds already.
You can plant lantana, penta, salvia and verbena to attract these garden friends.
Here at the store we are in full swing for gardening, helping with plants, flowers and vegetable gardens.
Remember: happy healthy plants start with happy healthy soil
Houseplant Care this Month
Many houseplants will be growing very well during this month and will enjoy the added sunshine of a big window. If your plants ar elooking a little 'under the weather' you might consider adding a multi-purpose house plant fertilizer. Make sure to choose fertilizers that are appropriate to your plant. Your leaves should look slick and healthy.
Your houseplants will tend to grow in the direction of the sunlight. To combat this, I always turn my plants' containers every few days to try and keep the growth even on all sides.
Time for 2nd application of your Pre-Emergent
Most of our cool-season crops are over with. In our own garden, our broccoli 'bolted' (starting producing flowers) about 2 weeks ago, so we've made a note to get them in the ground sooner next year.
During this month you'll discover many more pest problems than you've had so far. All kinds of beetles and caterpillars will start emerging and eating leaves. We offer many different pesticides & organic sprays that are safe to use in the garden around edible plants.