May Gardening Chores


Let’s recap the month of April. April can be considered a dryer-than-normal month. “April showers bring May flowers” does not apply this year. But overall, we are still ahead of rainfall for the year. Our soil temperature continues to warm up more each week. All of this is good as we enter May.

Here is a list of timely chores that need to be done this month:

  1. Many of our spring-blooming azaleas have now finished blooming. Now is the time to feed azaleas. I suggest using the ESPOMA HOLLY TONE as the food choice for your azaleas.
  2. Hummingbirds have arrived. Now is an excellent time to put out your clean hummingbird feeder and show your support for these beautiful creatures of nature.
  3. May is an excellent time to PLANT MORE FLOWERS! Let’s plant more native plants that support and attract our bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
  4. May is an excellent time to continue planting vegetables and herbs. You can successfully grow vegetables and herbs in containers if you don’t have a traditional garden plot.
  5. Birds have five basic needs: food, water, shelter, nesting sites, and protection from predators. If you supply these needs, you will have many birds around your home to watch, entertain, and control some insect pests simultaneously.
  6. Toads eat cutworms and other insect pests. Place inverted clay pots in shady spots to attract them to your vegetable garden. Chip out a piece of the pot rim to give the toads an entrance.

May is lining up to be a fantastic planting month. Enjoy!!!! KEEP ON PLANTING!!!!!!!

PLANT A LITTLE HAPPINESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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