This Month in the Garden: May

The country habit has me by the heart, for he’s bewitched forever who has seen, not with his eyes but with his vision, Spring flow down the woods and stipple leaves with sun. — Vita Sackville-West

For the lawn:

  • Check all irrigation systems; set up a simple rain guage. Lawns optimally require 1 inch of water weekly, as either rain or irrigation (not both).
  • Mow every five to seven days.
  • Tolerate some weeds; dig out dandelions to prevent seeding.


In the garden:

  • Trim spring-blooming shrubs after bloom.
  • Remove spent bulb seedpods, allowing bulb foliage to mature.
  • Plant dahlias, gladiolus and calla lilies.
  • Harden tender transplants by putting them out in a sheltered location during the day and bringing them in at night.
  • When soil warms, seed corn and beans.
  • Transplant starts of heat-lovers such as tomatoes, peppers, squash and cucumbers.
  • Fill containers for summer color.
  • Combine herbs with annual flowers.
  • Visit public gardens for fresh ideas.

Vintage Beans  Vintage Calla Lily  Vintage Dahlia  Vintage Gladiolus  Vintage Corn

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