Thursday, April 27, 2006

GARDENING CHORES FOR MAY

Tulips should be dead-headed(remove spent flower)

The grass can be mowed when it reaches 3-4 inches (sorry, but
it IS that time again!)

Hold off mulching until the soil is warm, or you'll just keep
the cold in!

You can now plant lettuce, beans, corn and carrots right in the
soil.

Tomatoes can be planted when the lilacs bloom. You might sprinkle
a teaspoon of Epsom salts into the hole where they go to provide magnesium.

Marigolds, zinnias and even nasturtiums are good to plant in and around
your vegetables as well as the flower beds. They repel insects!

You can begin to plant gladiolas at 2 week intervals

You can fertilize any bulbs that are up.

Stake your peonies before they get too big

Harvest rhubarb by grabbing it at the base of the stalk and pulling firmly away from the crown, twisting just a bit. Be sure to throw the leaves into the compost as they are poisonous!

You can prune your spring blooming shrubs just as soon as the flowers have faded.

Have you got Hosta's? Are there slugs chewing them? Try this solution, if you haven't already.
Combine 9 parts water to common household amonia and spray it on the hosta just before dark. When the slugs hit this, they will dissolve!

Any questions about MAY?

4 Comments:

At April 28, 2006, Anonymous Chris said...

I'll have to give that ammonia solution a try. Thanks!

 
At April 28, 2006, Anonymous Calendula & Concrete said...

This is a fabulous list. What zone are you in, by the way? I am in Zone 7 and I always like lists like this that remind me "what to do in the garden this month."

 
At April 28, 2006, Blogger Apple said...

I've never heard of using ammonia. Thanks for the tip!

 
At May 01, 2006, Blogger North Country Maturing Gardener said...

I am in Zone 4, but often aim toward Zone 3 when buying plants...just to be SURE!

 

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