The Garden Shed


A Community Newsletter published by the
Piedmont Master Gardeners

May 2021-Vol.7, No.5


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Table of Contents

Deer, Deer, Deer!

What's a gardener to do?

Gardening With Natives in Wet Areas

How is a "wet" site defined? What factors cause wet sites, and what native trees, shrubs and perennials like to grow there?

Upcoming Events

Virtual learning continues with the addition of some in-person learning plus hikes and plant sales! The Wildflower Symposium offers a combination of virtual and in-person attendance.

Eating the Flowers

Many flowers are edible, and some are quite tasty

Plant Partnerships in Your Garden

How Plants Can Support Each Other

May Tasks in the Ornamental Garden

May is a merry month for sowing seed, trying a new native plant, pruning shrubs after blooming, filling planters, and just enjoying the garden!

The Edible Garden in May

It's time to plant the summer vegetables!

Master Gardener Favorites

Check out the favorite plants of two PMG's