Garden year: To Do’s in May
MAY – Sowing – Let’s get outside!
Finally it’s time to go outside
Just in time for Pankratius, Servatius, Bonifatius & Co. it gets really uncomfortable again. So we can lean back for a moment before we really get going in the garden.
Cold-sensitive vegetables such as zucchini, tomatoes, lettuce or chard can be sown after the cold period in mid-May or placed in beds as young plants. Since the weather forecast is still somewhat uncertain after May 15th, we would recommend that the plants should be protected from spontaneous night frost with newspaper or fleece until the end of May. Pumpkin and sweet corn can be planted in the flower beds already at the beginning of May, Brussels sprouts only at the end of the month.
Sowing directly in the outdoors
Pre-grown plants can finally go outdoors: cucumber, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, pumpkin, zucchini
Pre-grown cabbage varieties such as red cabbage, white cabbage, kale or broccoli can be moved outdoors after the last frost.
In May leek and brussels sprouts are planted for the winter harvest. Pay attention to change of location! It is especially important that the Brussels sprouts are not in the same location as last year!
Herbs such as dill, marjoram, oregano, parsley or basil are pre-grown in pots until the ice saints, after which they can be sown directly outside or placed outside. Between vegetable plants, herbs spice up the beds. Perennial herbs such as lavender and thyme should be thinned out and cut back by a good third.
Many herbs that have not yet been pre-grown can also be sown directly outdoors from mid-May (basil, dill, marjoram, coriander, maggi or thyme).
Annual flowers like
Balloon wine, Cosmea, nasturtium, girl’s eye, breeze, sunflowers, marigolds and zinnias can now be sown outdoors.
Among the perennial flowers can be sown the Bearded Carnation, Lupin, Echinacea and Hollyhock.
May is a good month to plant a flower meadow. To do this, remove the lawn, plant parts and roots and work through the soil with a rake and a rake until it is loose and a little crumbly. For heavy soils, sand should be mixed in. Seed should be sown on it, mixed with the soil with a rake and lightly pressed down with a shovel. Keep the soil well moistened during the sprouting period.