MAY GARDEN CHECKLIST
- PINCH YOUR FLOWERS -- For bushier flowers with more
blooms, take your forefinger and tip pinch any lanky perennial
plants like geraniums, fuchsias, marguerites, tall-growing marigolds,
snapdragons and zinnias. Tip pinch rhododendrons and azaleas
to keep them shapely. Remove old faded trusses from rhododendrons
prior to pinching.
- PLANT WARM SEASON VEGETABLES -- May is a good month
to put in corn, summer and winter squash, cucumber, beans and
basil. Start an herb garden.
- WATCH OUT -- Warm spring days bring out many pests.
Bait, trap or hand pick slugs, snails, sowbugs, earwigs and the
spotted cucumber beetle. This beetle looks like a green lady
bug. It can do much damage to vegetables and flowers.
- SPRAY -- Roses, beans and many other garden plants
can become infested with aphids as spring time progresses. Spray
with insecticidal soap or neem every five to seven days if a
problem arises. Green cabbage worms can bother broccoli and cabbage.
Spray with Bacillus thuringiensis if you see white butterflies
flitting about your crops.
- IRRIGATE -- As rains decrease, continue to irrigate
newly planted shrubs and trees. Mold a basin around the trunks
and soak once a week. Soaker hoses and drip irrigation tubes
can save time if you are a busy gardener.
- PLANT PERENNIALS -- If you are looking for bright
summer color without much fuss, try planting the following, easy-to-grow
perennials: shasta daisy, coreopsis, gaillardia, daylily, geum,
dahlia, campanulas, lupines, foxglove, nepeta, salvia and more.
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