Gardener’s To-Do List for May

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



May To-Do List for Zone 7

  • Plant moonflower (Ipomoea alba), caladium, coleus, zinnia, and other heat-tolerant flowers.
  • Don't be too quick to give up on tender perennials and tubers, such as datura, Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha), cannas, and dahlias. You still may see new leaves by the end of the month.
  • Plant okra, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, sweet potatoes, southern peas, and other heat-loving veggies.
  • Mulch peas and cole crops to keep the soil cool; water them regularly.
  • Thin peaches, plums, pears, and apples to about 6 inches apart.

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