Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Posted By: in Gardening

We’ve had enough of the showers, now I can really use some flowers!!!  This is one of my fave flower months…Lilacs, Mock Orange, Apple trees. 

Plants That Flower In May

Spring is smelling pretty good so far (when the wind is not blowing from the farm fields heh, heh) and my Mojito plant (mint) is up and growing like the weed it is.  Just a tiny bit more sunshine and a pinch more BBQ and I’ll be rip roaring ready for summer.

Here's the list:

Lawns – Mow mow and mow.  You can fertilize if you haven’t done so already and now that it’s a bit warmer, you can do some patching and overseeding if your earlier efforts have been drowned.  A good mulching blade will cut down on your need for nitrogen by up to 70% and no, it does not increase thatch.  Thatch is made up of the harder stems and spreading rhizomes of the growing grass.

Garden Beds – Weed, weed, and when you’re finished there’s more at my house.  But I also have Mojito’s.  You can topdress your garden beds if you haven’t done so already.  Because it has been wetter, you can probably get away with moving some of the tougher clumps of perennials if you dig a big enough root ball. 

A good organic fertilizer will do wonders in your garden as well.  Allow your bulbs to die down naturally, don’t cut the leaves as they are making food for next years show at this time.  

You still have time to add in some summer bulbs like Dahlias and Lilies and it’s also a great time to add any perennial or annual fillers for any bare spots. 

You can add your planting supports right about now if you haven’t already for things like Peonies.  You can also pinch back fall blooming Mums and tall Sedum by one half to two thirds.  This will make a more compact plant in the fall.

hanging baskets

Pots and Hanging Baskets – You can probably plant up your pots and hanging baskets and leave them out…though I’d still keep an eye on the weather and drag them under an overhang if it’s going to be cold. 

Get a good annual fertilizer like Arts Garden Pro products for those pots and baskets, the soil you use is also important.  I like to make a bit of a mix by using a lighter mix such as a sunshine #1, 4 or Miracle Grow mix and adding compost, seasoil or a really well rotted manure. 

Based on past summers, I’d double check the drainage on your pots and even consider adding pebbles in your drainage tray to lift the pot up from the tray a bit.

Trees and Shrubs – A good fertilizer and topdressing for most plants.  Make sure you have maintained your planting circles if planted in the lawn.  This avoids competition from the lawn and most importantly…weedwhacker damage!!!  This means you GREG. 

You can trim up your heather after the bloom.  Remove suckers from lilacs, roses, corylus etc. 

Keep an eye out for aphids.  A sharp stream of water from the hose is all you’ll need. 

Unless you are in the mood for a good squishing.  Winter moths are also out and the squishing, hose or even soap spray will work nicely.  One teaspoon of Palmolive or Ivory liquid dish detergent in a litre of water works nicely.

There are also great insecticidal soap products available that are ready to use.

Veggie Gardens – You can start to direct sow or set out most seedlings right about now.

Your tomatoes will still need cover and I’d wait a bit on the peppers, basil and beans. They will need a little bit more warmth. Possibly towards the end of the month.

Try to keep up with the weeding and hoeing. Remember spring is crazy with the amount of growth but it will slow down in the summer…really! 

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vegetable plants

House plants – increase your watering and fertilize.  You can repot now as well.  Towards the end of the month you can start to set out some plants for their summer outdoor vacation. 

Cheers

Laurelle

Laurelle Olfdord-Down

Laurelle Olfdord-Down

Laurelle is a certified horticulturalist and Landscape designer. She is currently an up and coming apple guru, growing over 120 cultivars which explains her passion for edible garden design. Laurelle works part time for Art’s Nursery. You can also interact with her through Art’s monthly newsletter, our blog and our gardening channel on YouTube.


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