May Garden Tips:
Harden off your seedlings before planting them. For a week or two prior to planting, place well watered seedlings outdoors in a sunny, protected area such as the side of a building. Monitor their moisture during the day and bring the seedlings back inside at night. This will help your plants become accustomed to outdoor growing conditions.
Check plant hardiness and average last frost date in your area before planting seedlings outdoors.
Transplant Brassica family seedlings.
Direct seed carrots, radishes, turnips, beets and lettuce outdoors.
Start cucumber, melon and squash indoors for transplanting, or wait until June to direct seed them outdoors.
Bend ½” electrical conduit into hoops and cover brassica family seedlings with fabric row cover as soon as they are planted to protect them from pest damage. This is also useful protection for cucurbit crops. Remove fabric once plants have filled out the hoop space and are large enough to withstand feeding damage.
Hold a community work day.
Finish writing your Maine Agriculture In The Classroom grant application.
Check out our SCHOOL GARDEN CALENDAR to learn more about what this month looks like in the garden! For more information, try out these awesome resources: MOFGA's Planting Calendar, Fedco's Veggie Chart, and Johnny's Planting Calculator and Succession Planting Template.