Here is a series of tips on what to plant in May: which seeds to choose, some useful tips on how to plant them and the jobs to be done in the garden this month
It is a very rich time for sowing : there are so many vegetables to plant and can be planted directly in the garden.
May is the time when temperatures rise more and more, in preparation for summer; this year we are in an anomalous situation, where the eruption of a very cold depression coming from the north, will change the scenario in the first two weeks of the month, due to a sharp thermal drop.
In this context, it will be essential to delay the sowing times as much as possible by waiting for the right temperatures .
Let’s see then what to plant in May and what jobs to do in the garden during this period.
What to plant in May and some advice on work to be done in the garden
In late spring the vegetable garden finally repays us for so many labors: the harvest begins to get richer and there is plenty of choice among the various crops we can take care of.
Thanks to increasingly lenient temperatures, sowing can be carried out directly in the ground , or in pots, without the need to resort to seedbeds.
Work to do in the garden
In this month it is possible to first transplant some seedlings , including watermelon, basil, chard, thistle, cucumber, melon, pepper, aubergine and tomato. To facilitate the growth of the tomatoes, the feminine must be cut , that is the lateral jets.
In this period it is also possible to follow the lunar calendar which can allow us to have a better harvest.
Here’s how it works.
During the waxing moon, it is possible to sow directly in the garden or in the pot of these plants:
Instead, during the waning moon , they should be sown outdoors:
- radishes and spinach.
At this stage it is possible to build and place the supports for the plants that need them, such as tomatoes, beans and peas.
What to plant in spring in the open field
In May it is possible to sow summer fruit and vegetables in the open field, such as:
- watermelons and melons,
- beans and green beans,
- chili Peppers,
- pumpkin and round zucchini,
As for aromatic herbs, it is a time to plant: basil, celery and parsley.
What to plant in spring in pots.
First, cauliflower, which will then be transplanted next month. And again, curly endive, leek , endive and celery.
What to gather in May
If you have worked well during the previous months in this period you can not only transplant the seedlings, but also reap the benefits. Those lucky enough to have an orchard, for example, can pick apricots, loquats, but also strawberries, pears, cherries and lemons. Don’t forget the precious spinach and asparagus, which in many areas of Italy have already been present in the market stalls for many days.