I know some of you have already started planting seeds, and it’s not long before the garden season is going to be in full swing. I’ve drawn up some tips that might be helpful for May planting – feel free to share what you’re all up to in the garden!
BROAD BEANS. If you haven’t already sown broad beans, it’s not too late. While most beans are seeded around the time of the last frost, broad beans are the exception and can be seeded early.
OTHER BEANS. Wax beans, pole beans, and dry beans are usually planted mid May, around the time of the last frost. simply reseed.
CABBAGE AND FAMILY (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi) seedlings can be transplanted into the garden now.
RHUBARB and CHIVES – perennial crops that should be up and ready to eat. TIP: These plants are easy to multiply if you have space, simply split the clump in two with a spade and make additional plantings. For rhubarb, snip the flower heads off to encourage new spring growth.
LEEK AND ONION – If you’ve got seedlings, they can be transplanted into the garden right about now. But it may also be wise to wait one more week due to the recent cold spurt.
POTATOES – Now is the time if you’d like to get going early.
TOMATOES – If you’ve got transplants that you’ve been growing indoors, start moving them outdoors during the day to harden them off. They should be ready to go in the garden in a couple of weeks.
SEEDS YOU CAN SOW DIRECTLY in the garden now: beets, broad beans, carrots, lettuce, peas, parsley, radish, spinach, Swiss chard
SEEDLINGS YOU CAN TRANSPLANT into the garden now: cabbage, lettuce, kohlrabi, onions, leeks