(Sedum Autumn Joy)
Woohoo! May is here! In the next few weeks, the heat will be settling in for a least 5 months but there’s still a lot to be done in the garden, so lets get started before it’s to warm to work outside.
Here is a list of what to do in the garden in May.
- Divide and transplant perennials.
- Verify garden stakes, trellises and supports.
- Fertilize roses.
- Fertilize or add compost (as needed) to trees, shrubs, coniferous, bushes, perennials, rock gardens and flower beds.
- Treat injured trees and look for diseases and parasites (caterpillars…). Treat if needed.
- Apply liquid algae on apple trees to prevent apple scab.
- Look for parasites in flower beds and treat if needed.
- Apply mulch at the bottom of trees and in flower beds.
- Plant new perennials.
- Plant fruit trees
When the weather is warm enough (at the end of the month).
- Bring your inside flowers outside.
- Plant annuals and summer bulbs. Fertilize.
- Start watering if needed.
(creeping sedum, poppies, lilies)
- Rake, aerate and proceed to topdressing with compost or topsoil. Reseed areas that need reseeding.
- When the grass is green, cut it and fertilize.
- Start the last seedlings inside.
- Turn over the soil and compost in the garden.
- Have a soil test done and amend as needed with compost, fertilizer or lime.
- In the middle of the month, seed the following in the garden: beets, chard, carrots, spinach, beans, cabbage, turnips, potatoes, onions, lettuce, radishes, green onions, peas.
- When there is no more frost warnings, buy or transplant cucumbers, tomatoes and all the vegetables that are sensitive to frost.
- Keep the earth in the garden humid.
- Install supports and trellises for creeping vegetables.
- Add garden stakes to support tomatoes.
- Prune tomato suckers.
- Control insects and diseases.
This should keep us busy for the month. Happy gardening!
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