Gardener’s To-Do List for May

Here’s a zone-by-zone to-do list for the month of May.

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May To-Do List for Zone 5

  • After the soil has warmed to 60°F, transplant out tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, melons, cucumbers, and sweet potatoes.
  • Small, 3-foot-tall "tomato" cages work for peppers and eggplants; for tomatoes, use sturdier, 6-foot-tall rings made from 4-inch-square chicken wire.
  • Squeeze some last runs of cool-season crops into the garden; try some mâche (corn salad), a tasty cool-weather green.
  • Protect cucumbers, melons, and squash from pests by using row covers. (Be sure to remove them when plants blossom, though.)
  • Divide and replant summer and fall-blooming perennials.
  • Transplant evergreen shrubs and trees, and pop annual flowers into beds.
     

Photo: Rob Cardillo

 
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