Friday, May 01, 2009

GARDEN 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!) When you do cut it, set the mower to 2 1/2 to 3 inches.

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.

This is a good time to weed dandelions, before they flower and set seed!

You can fertilize any bulbs that are up.

Stake your peonies before they get too big. This applies to other tall growing plants. Get the stakes in the ground before they get too tall. (Remember to try rebar.)

Cut back your tall perennials like bee balm and phlox to control their height.

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.

Dead head your lilacs.

Check your lilies for red lily leaf beetles. CRUSH them!

Don't forget to dead head your bulbs as well. Leave the foliage, but take out the spent flower heads.

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 ammonia and spray it on the hosta just before dark. When the slugs hit this, they will dissolve!

Check the apple, cherry, and other fruit trees for nests of tent caterpillars. As soon as the tender, new leaves emerge, so will the caterpillars. Their destruction is just awful! Try blasting them with a strong stream of water from the hose. Bt will also work if you can get it up there. Maybe the use of a sprayer will be practical in this case. I also understand that the Praying Mantis is a big time enemy of tent caterpillars. Perhaps you should order some of those! They should be released into the affected tree at the same time the caterpillars emerge. If you place them before their dinner appears, they will find another yard to in which to chow down.

If you have to spray insecticide, do it AFTER bloom to protect the bees!

Plant Annuals no sooner than May 30th!

8 Comments:

At May 05, 2009, Blogger Log Homes said...

Gardening is so relaxing and a wonderful way to spend time outdoors. It is one of my favorite hobbies that I love to share with others online! Thanks for taking the time to write this post, I always learn so much about gardening from many different sources online! :)

 
At May 07, 2009, Blogger Elenka said...

Thanks you so much for your comments. I assume Maine can follow your advice, or at least almost....
I'm going to print your info!

 
At May 08, 2009, Blogger Drake said...

Thanks for much for this blog, you posts are very helpful to me. I am also wondering if you know of any gardening courses or soemthing like that in the White Mountains (greater Conway area). I have a lot to learn. Thanks!

 
At May 09, 2009, Blogger mr.sound and mrs.sound said...

Wow! The way I read your post you must be a gardening guru for the month of May or all year long? Maybe to add up information or maybe you can suggest additional tips to others with Vegetable Gardening Ideas.

 
At May 14, 2009, Blogger Dr.Rutledge said...

Hi,

Great post. I love these gardening tips.

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At May 23, 2009, Blogger Angela said...

I love your blog- I live in Bedford. Hey do you have any idea on when, and with what product, I should spray on my fruit trees?

Thanks

Angela
nhdraper@comcast.net

 
At May 23, 2009, Blogger Angela said...

I love your blog- I live in Bedford. Hey do you have any idea on when, and with what product, I should spray on my fruit trees?

Thanks

Angela
nhdraper@comcast.net

 
At May 23, 2009, Blogger North Country Maturing Gardener said...

Well, how many fruit trees do you have?
My suggestion would be to go to www.gardensalive.com They have organic methods to protect your fruit trees. If you had an orchard, you'd probably need more potent means. For a few trees, this would probably work just fine and be a lot more healthy for your family.

 

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