May Garden Ideas:
Use last year’s map of your vegetable garden as a guide to where to plant this year’s crops. Remember to rotate where you plant things. Once plans are made, create a new map for the current season.
*Hold a school community workday in your gardens.
*Keep a gardening journal and add entries as the season progresses. Add things like what you planted, and when, what you harvest and how much, pest issues, etc.
* Amend soil if you haven’t yet.
* Review notes and reflections from last year (what grew well, pest damage, etc. and plan accordingly.
*Continue caring for seedlings started indoors. Start cucumber, melon, squash and pumpkin seeds indoors or wait until the end of the month or early June to direct sow outdoors.
* Start hardening seedlings off several days before planting outdoors, starting with 2-3 hours a day and gradually increasing time.
* Transplant Brassica family seedlings outdoors and bend ½’ electrical conduit into hoops and cover these seedlings with row covers to protect plants from pest damage. Remove covering once plants are large enough to withstand pest damage.
*Check plant hardiness and average last frost date in your area before planting seedlings outdoors.
*When soil is ready outdoors, plant salad greens, spinach, kale, radishes, beets, and other hardy plants. Cover with row covers if nights are close to freezing.
*If you want your harvests to be timed to when school is in session, plant later in the spring (tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins, winter and summer squash, etc.
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.