Vegetable Garden Tips for May

Sowing bean seeds

May is the month when the vegetable garden begins to look more and more like the summer garden. By mid-month, most warm-season crops can be sown or transplants out in the garden without worry. (If nights are still chilly where you live, keep row covers and other crop protectors at the ready.) By the end of May, tender crops can go into the garden almost everywhere without worry. Here’s a roundup of useful articles and tips to get your garden growing in May!

Planting bean seeds
Sowing bean seeds

May Vegetable Garden To-Do List

There is much to do in the edible garden this month–vegetable, herbs, and fruit can all get started if they’re not already growing.  Crops started indoors should be hardened off before they are set out in cool regions. In warm-region, gardens, successive sowing and transplanting can begin in May. Read on>>>


tomato transplantingPlanting Tomatoes for a Bumper Crop

A bumper tomato crop comes with early season planning. Getting tomatoes off to a strong start will almost guarantee a great yield next summer. There are 10 easy steps to an outstanding tomato harvest: (1) Start at the right time; (2) Start seeds indoors; (3) Grow on seedlings in the right-sized pots; (4) Set transplants in the garden at the right time; (5) Grow tomatoes in the best soil…..Read on>>>

Peppers transplantedPlanting Peppers for a Bumper Crop

To get a bumper crop from your pepper plants, you must dedicate yourself to helping the plants thrive. Pepper plants are more temperamental than tomatoes—they demand warm temperatures, even soil moisture, feeding, and support—literally. Read on>>>


vertical gareningSpace Savers for a Small Vegetable Garden

Space must be conserved in every possible way in a small vegetable garden. Here are five tips for getting the most out of a small garden: 1. Grow up; 2. Grow dwarf and miniature varieties; 3. Intercropping and companion planting; 4. Wide-row intensive planting; 5. Rotation or succession sowing. Read on>>>


Herbs in potsGrowing Herbs for Cooking

Herbs for cooking are plants whose leaves, seeds, and flowers are used fresh or dried for flavoring food. Herbs generally grow well with little care. Plant herbs in good loose soil. A sunny spot close to your kitchen is important. Read on>>>


Blueberry clusterEasy to Grow Blueberries

Blueberries on cereal. Blueberries with cream and sugar. Blueberries on vanilla ice cream. A handful of blueberries. Blueberries are native to North America. When it comes to fresh picking and eating, there are about 30 varieties of blueberry worthy of your attention. These can be divided into three categories: the lowbush, the highbush, and the rabbiteye. Read on>>>


Salsa ingredientsHow to Grow Salsa

Here’s how to make fresh salsa: Core and cut two medium ripe tomatoes, add one clove of garlic minced, add half a white or red onion diced, add a jalapeno, Serrano, or green or red bell pepper chopped fine, add leaves of cilantro, basil, or parsley chopped, add the juice of half a lime, mix gently, and salt to taste. Here’s how to grow fresh salsa–tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, and basil. Read on>>>

Written by Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert is a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California and the University of Iowa. His books include Vegetable Garden Grower’s Guide, Vegetable Garden Almanac & Planner, Tomato Grower’s Answer Book, and Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. His Vegetable Garden Grower’s Masterclass is available online. has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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