May Tasks and Tips
Yikes! It’s already May, and it snowed in April. How does the over-zealous gardener recover from a late start to the planting and growing season this year? I have a city cabin and a country home, not to mention the four large rural historic estates and five inner urban gardens I attend to, and for some reason, I decided to rent an allotment. Help! What have I gotten myself into this year? Will I be able to make it work? I’m always up for a challenge, but did my enthusiasm for keeping busy this summer while my daughter is at camp create an obstacle no “Super Gardener” can overcome? Well, have no fear, I have come up with a zen list of tasks and helpful links in order to bring back balance to the frantic first few weeks of May. Take a look:
- Clean up! clean up! clean up! Pulling weeds, cutting back winter interest, and transplanting.
- Mow! Before the grass gets too long and the weeds spread their seeds.
- Start planting seeds and annuals! Waiting until Mother’s Day is one safe way to avoid a late frost.
- Keep on weeding!
For Detailed Tasks and Tips
Review the May Tasks and Tips from prior issues of “The Garden Shed” — and find out whether and how to prune lilacs and peonies, plus how to identify good bugs and bad bugs in your garden: piedmontmastergardeners.org/the-ornamental-garden-in-may
Find out what your lawn needs in May:
Review the Virginia Cooperative Extension’s tasks and tips lists:
- May Tasks and Tips for Perennials, Annuals and Bulbs: nsvmga.org/Va.Coop.Ext/may-perennials-annuals-bulbs.pdf
- May Tasks and Tips for Trees, Shrubs and Groundcovers: nsvmga.org/Va. Coop. Ext./Trees_Shrubs_Grnd.pdf
- May Tasks and Tips for your Houseplants: nsvmga.org/Va.Coop.Ext/may-interior-gardening.pdf