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May Gardening Tips

Written By Shauna Lambeth 08 May 2019
May Gardening Tips

Containers & Annual Plantings

  • Our greenhouses are loaded! Come see us soon for some colourful annuals!
  • Plant annuals out after Mother's Day. Remember to harden them off first by either moving them in at night for a couple of days or keeping them up close to your house for a couple of days before planting. This acclimatizes them so they are not shocked by the nighttime temperatures.
  • Plant up tubs and baskets. Try something new! We stock a huge selection of Proven Winner plants for you to choose from. Our staff in the greenhouses are happy to show you their favourites and they can show you the fertilizers we use to create our beautiful hanging baskets.¬†


Veggie Gardens

  • Lots of Veggies can be planted right away; broccoli, lettuce, kale, peas, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and spinach.
  • Let the nights warm up before you plant your tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis, corn, beans and basil directly into the garden.¬† Having said that, you also don't want to miss out on all your favourite varieties so make a plan to get them earlier and bring them in at night if necessary.
  • Apply manure or compost to rhubarb, strawberries, and veggie beds (remember to avoid manure where potatoes will be planted as manure can cause scab on potatoes.)

Veggies Seeds to start in May

  • Direct seed in your garden:- beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, cilantro, corn, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, green onions, oriental greens, parsnips, spinach, Swiss chard and turnips.
  • Transplant to your garden artichokes, early cabbage, cauliflower, celery and fennel. If the nights are warm enough (10 degrees) you can transplant pumpkins, squash, peppers and tomatoes. If the nights are still cool you are best to wait a wee bit.

Borders & Flower Gardens

  • Choose and plant summer flowering bulbs, roots, and tubers such as dahlias, lilies, hostas, canna lilies, gladiolas, and many more. These packaged bulbs and roots are of great value!
  • Plant new trees, shrubs, roses, perennials, pansies, small fruits and hardy herbs. Include bonemeal, peat moss and manure or your own compost when planting and don't forget to water new transplants frequently.
  • Feed your garden to keep all your plants healthy and vibrant.
  • We stock a large selection of organic fertilizers which we know you will love! Fertilizing can be easy too! Our bulk 'Organic Mix ' Fertilizer is great for just about everything and is available in a large sack or by the pound.
  • Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Heather, Camellias, hedges and other acid-loving plants can be fertilized with 'Ever Acid' for lovely deep green foliage and for the acidifying that they need.
  • Compost or manure can be added to flower beds now.
  • Prune early bloomers such as Forsythia after blooming.
  • Trim back perennials that have bloomed.
  • Hold off trimming down bulbs such as Tulips and Daffodils until the foliage is yellowing as this process is feeding the bulb for next Spring.
  • Deadhead Rhododendrons and Azaleas as they finish blooming.
  • Weed flower beds.

Lawn Care

  • Control moss in lawns with Ferrous Sulphate (Iron) if moss is a problem. You will need two days of dry weather after it has been applied.
  • Thatch lawn to remove thatch in older lawns and dead moss in lawns recently treated with moss control. (10 days after moss control.)
  • Lime lawns in preparation for fertilizing about two weeks later
  • Feed lawn with a good quality Spring fertilizer we sell an excellent lawn fertilizer developed in BC for BC lawns.
  • Pull dandelions and other weeds from the lawn before they flower.
  • Seed new lawns and fertilize with Turf Starter 15-30-10.

 

Happy Gardening!
Shauna

 

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