What To Plant In May

April showers bring May flowers! It’s time to plant herbs, tasty vegetables and colorful flowers to pack your garden beds.

What To Plant In May


Cucumbers:  The cucumbers, what a wonderful, versatile veggie. Not only are they easy to grow, but they have so many uses. From veggie trays to salads it’s a great compliment to your meal.  Raised garden beds are great for cucumbers because they require more space than your average vegetable. Pick a sunny spot in your yard that has warm and well-drained soil. Use an organic matter for your soil to really help your cucumbers grow.

Basil: The freshness of herbs from your garden is the perfect compliment to your meal. Consider planting basil this month to your garden. Basil grows best in areas that get at least 6 hours of full sun. Soil should be moist but well-drained. You can grow basil in containers or raised garden beds, both these options offer good drainage for basil.


Cosmos: These cheery little flowers are adorable in your garden. Scatter some seeds and cover with soil and you’re on the way to a bloom of color. You can choose many colors such as pink, red, yellow, blue, whichever is your hearts desire. These flowers can grow in full or partial sun. If you’re able to provide a full sun location it will pay off with more blooms on the stems. A soil with medium moisture works best, however cosmo’s are durable and can thrive in soil that changes from super wet to dry.

Zinnias: These gorgeous flowers will be the envy of every bed. The zinnias come in a variety of colors per flower. They grow best if directly planted in the flower beds as they don’t do well with being transported.  Find a location that has full sun and soil that is rich in organic matter and well-drained to help these flowers thrive.


Bushes: Your bushes and hedges are starting to grow again. After a long cold winter and a rainy April month, those bushes probably need some work. Trim up your bushes for a cleaner, healthier look to your home. Using a powered hedge trimmer makes the job quick and easy.


Flowers: Do not start pruning your flowers too soon. They are just growing, spreading their roots. Allow them to reach out a few more weeks before reigning it all back in.


Always follow manufacturer’s instructions before using any product. Confirm your location suits the plants mentioned above for best growing conditions.

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Published: 5/1/2020