May Gardening Tasks

May gardening tasks. Man raking field wit green shrubsSummer is right around the corner and you have spent the last few months preparing your garden. Temperatures are rising and the sun is shining directly on us, which means our plants are getting the nutrients they need. But the gardening has just begun! Here are some tasks you’ll want to check off during the month of May.

Do a Walk Through

For the rest of the summer, you’re going to want to do a walk through of your garden daily to keep up with the maintenance. Check for leaves, branches, and other debris to clear out and make room for your ever growing fruits, veggies, flowers and more. Maintain a regular watering routine. Each plant will need their own amount of water so keep a close eye on who needs what. Overwatering can be as detrimental as undercutting their thirst. Doing something everyday for your garden will help you get into the habit of keeping a close eye on it so the garden can grow healthy and beautiful.

Plant Some Annuals!

With warmer temperatures firmly in place, May is the month for planting annuals. Follow the directions that accompany each plant, paying attention to their mature height and width. Without enough space, they’ll be overcrowded and crush each other. Keep them healthy throughout the summer with regular deadheading and nutrient-packed fertilizer. Hanging baskets are also a great way to get creative with your annuals, as well as to add some decor to your porch! Agway of Cape Cod always has a wide selection of  Proven Winners Annuals with varieties of colors, shapes and more, so check out our nurseries to choose your favorites.

Measure the Stakes

If you haven’t already, stake any plants that will need support above ground before they have bloomed. Tomatoes, melons, peppers, cucumbers, and plants with heavy flowers are just a few that will need to be staked. The sturdier the stake the better!  You’ll also want to do some research on how much extra support your plant needs. Sometimes one stake won’t do the trick — a plant could need two or three. This is the last chance you will have to support your leafy friends before they begin poking out of the ground!

Apply Mulch
Mulch is laid on top of your garden bed to maintain a steady temperature, suppress weeds and lock in moisture. Like the plants growing in it, mulch also provides a decorative element. With so many textures and colors available, you can choose a mulch that complements the aesthetics of its surroundings.  While a healthy depth of 3-4 inches is ideal, don’t overdo it. A buildup of too much mulch will cause root growth to stop and block nutrients and water from getting to the plants.