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Topic by MsDebbieP posted 05-04-2009 05:39 AM 3707 views 1 time favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3877 days
hardiness zone 5b

05-04-2009 05:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: may tasks

What gardening tasks do you do in the month of May?

 

See all Monthly Tasks here

 

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)



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Scott Hildenbrand

1690 posts in 3648 days
hardiness zone 6b

05-04-2009 09:43 AM

For us, everything has to be out in the garden plot by the first of May. We’re behind! ARGH! April was the month to have the plot tilled. Typically we do it a few days after taxes are due.

May is all the work to get the plants set out as if it’s not done by the first week, you fall behind badly.

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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Bon

7374 posts in 3657 days
hardiness zone 5a

05-04-2009 09:48 AM

Get the soil ready to plant by adding the compost,manure and peat moss.Hardening off all the seedlings and then eventually planting them.Visiting the garden centres to see what’s new.Hooking up the watering hose again.Doing the edging around the gardens.Cutting back the dead on perennials now that they are coming up again and I can see where they are.Placing all my little ornaments out in the gardens.Getting the planter pots ready and then planting them.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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mario1360

921 posts in 3292 days
hardiness zone 5a

05-04-2009 10:04 AM

definately finalizing cleaning of flower beds, cutting off dead rosebushe branches
cleaning adding fish to the pond
planting of new babies…
amending the soil….compost and bone meal….
this year i started watering already…..
cleaning the planters for annuals…i have a dozen of large ones!!!!!
re-edging
finally sunbathing and first meals outside….yeahhhhhh

-- south shore montreal, zone 5a, whish it was 9

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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3877 days
hardiness zone 5b

05-04-2009 12:44 PM

  • get the watering hose out
  • prepare the garden beds (if not done already)
  • try to be patient and way for May 2-4 weekend (pronounced “2” “4” ...the long weekend in May (around the 24th) usually the “past frost” date)
  • plant, plant, plant and plant.
  • start cutting grass

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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dini

1591 posts in 3593 days
hardiness zone 5

05-04-2009 03:59 PM

dig
plant
move plants
prep the mower, weed-eater, etc
plant
prep the soaker hose
feed the plants
kill seedlings (not deliberately, but I always manage to kill off some)
move more plants
reset the soaker
buy more plants than there was room for
move more plants
dig
plant some more
re-reset the soaker
you get the drift, lol

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3877 days
hardiness zone 5b

05-04-2009 04:56 PM

oh that. that’s a good one—get all the equipment running well.
hahah and the “buy more plants” :)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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GrandmaT

5389 posts in 3755 days
hardiness zone 9

05-04-2009 05:44 PM

first mow and edging of the yard
add mulch to beds
Check to see if soaker system is okay
Begin to purchase flowers
Bring up baskets, containers, table Shepard Hooks and place outside
Begin planting of flowers and baskets
Kill weeds in gravel and driveway/sidewalk cracks

The fun begins in full swing!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Dahlitsa

203 posts in 3675 days

05-05-2009 09:08 AM

I have been trimming rose bushes, removing excess forget me nots, cutting out old stubble as soon as new growth is showing (remembering not to cut back stalks from which new growth comes as I did with one of my hydrangeous one year)
Yesterday, i started the hardening off process for all the plants that I started indoors.
I have been pulling a lot of weeds too and have thinned out some of my hardy perennials and given them away.
I have been getting several containers ready to go and have just spent some time wandering around surveing the beds to see if there is anything that should be moved. last week I moved 3 of my rose trees. They seem to be doing well with the exception of one which I think has sucommed to the winter.

-- Dahlitsa

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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3877 days
hardiness zone 5b

05-05-2009 10:07 AM

good tips, Dahlista – especially the “give them away” part. Some day I’ll have enough plants that I’ll be begging people to take some!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Bob

1429 posts in 3625 days
hardiness zone 3b

05-05-2009 11:36 AM

Here’s some first aid tips for your plants.

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-- I want to believe in a lot of things but, in the meantime I have to deal with the truth

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Bob

1429 posts in 3625 days
hardiness zone 3b

05-05-2009 11:44 AM

If your dont do this you could waste lot of time and moneyQ
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How to Test Soil in Your Garden</div>

-- I want to believe in a lot of things but, in the meantime I have to deal with the truth

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Bob

1429 posts in 3625 days
hardiness zone 3b

05-05-2009 12:48 PM

How about a primer on garden fertilizers?

-- I want to believe in a lot of things but, in the meantime I have to deal with the truth

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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3877 days
hardiness zone 5b

05-05-2009 05:09 PM

oh wow… These look like they will be packed full of information. I’ll have to come back and watch when I have more time.
Thanks for sharing these with us.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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