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 10

  • Plant heat-loving veggies, such as sweet potatoes, okra, and southern peas.
  • Keep heat-tolerant herbs, such as lemongrass, going strong by feeding them with fish emulsion and seaweed spray.
  • If thyme, basil, and curry leaf show signs of mildew, spray them with a solution made from 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 gallon of water; repeat every few days.
  • Solarize empty garden beds: Cover them with clear plastic for a month or two to kill nematodes and weed seeds and pathogens in the soil.
  • Mulch all plants heavily.
  • Stop whiteflies and mealybugs with insecticidal soap.
     

Photo: (cc) Glenn Graibeard/Flickr

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