May is Time to Plant Warm-season Crops, Edible Flowers, and Attract Pollinators

April 30, 2013

Warm temperatures are (pretty much) here to stay and you don’t have to worry about that frost. You may think it’s too late to grow all your favorite vegetables from seed, but warm May temperatures leave the soil perfect for sowing seeds. Warm soil allows for fast germination.

Beans:
Start planting both bush and pole beans now that the soil and air are warmed up. Try a continual 7-10 day sowing of different varieties. This will give you continual bean crops and not one large harvest with wasted crop.

Beets
Sow beets now for a fast, early summer treat.

Cabbage
Cabbage is one of the easier plants to grow in the garden. Select a variety that is right for your location (size and maturity length). Be sure to fertilize and water when cabbage head begins to form.

Carrots
Planting carrots by mid-July yields a fall crop that will keep in the garden until used.

Corn
One of the most rewarding and fast growing crops to grow. Corn is delicious when cooked only minutes after being pulled off the stalk. Try a small plot of corn, working your way to a large field of several varieties.

Cucumbers
Fast growing vine or bush cucumber plants can produce an abundance of cucumber fruits. Be careful to pick a variety for the space you have in your garden. Vine cucumbers can be the best tasting but need far more space than bush varieties.

Herbs:
Plant heat loving herbs like basil, oregano, thyme and sage.

Melons
Melons are some of the most rewarding plants to grow. Great for hot, long summers. A staple for summer picnics and family fun.

Peppers
Fresh, crisp peppers are a garden favorite. Peppers take up little space and can produce high yields when planted close together. Plant as many different varieties as possible. They come small, big, hot, mild, and an array of different colors. Start seeds indoors for best results.

Summer Squash
Yum! Summer squash sowing in May will lead to fresh squash and zucchini in July and August.

Tomatoes
The most popular garden vegetable. Growing tomatoes is not only fun but treats you to some of the best tasting fruits in the world. Tomatoes come in many colors, shapes, taste, and sizes. Grow a few varieties every year to find your favorites! You may want to think about buying transplants in May.