What to Plant in May
Finally warm temperatures are here to stay and you don’t have to worry about that frost! You may think it’s too late to grow all your favorite vegetables from seeds, but warm May temperatures have made the soil perfect for sowing seeds. Warm soil will allow for fast germination and growing plants! Good choices are summertime kitchen garden staples like squash, beans, cucumbers and melons.
Listed below are flower, vegetable and herb varieties that are great to start planting in May based on the Hardiness Zone that you live in.
Beans (Zones 3-10)
You can still plant both bush and pole beans now that the soil and air are warmed up. Try a continual 7-10 day sowing of different varieties. This will give you continual bean crops and not one large harvest with wasted crop.
Suggested variety: Contender, Kentucky Wonder, Topcrop
Cabbage (Zones 3-10)
Cabbage is one of the easier plants to grow in the garden! Select a variety that is right for your location (size and maturity length). Be sure to fertilize and water when cabbage head begins to form.
Suggested variety: White Stem, Golden Acre, Brunswick
Corn (Zones 3-10)
Corn is one of the most rewarding and fast growing crops to grow and is delicious when cooked only minutes after being pulled off the stalk. Try a small plot of corn, working your way to a large field of several varieties!
Suggested variety: Peaches and Cream, Incredible, Butter and Sugar
Cucumbers (Zones 3-10)
Fast growing vine or bush cucumber plants can produce an abundance of cucumber fruits for the hot summer! Be careful to pick a variety for the space you have in your garden. Vine cucumbers can be the best tasting, but need far more space than bush varieties.
Suggest variety: Spacemaster 80, Green Finger, Boston Pickling
Fresh, crisp peppers are a garden favorite. Peppers take up little space and can produce high yields when planted close together. It’s not too late to plant as many different varieties as possible! They come small, big, hot, mild, and an array of different colors.
Suggested variety: Carolina Reaper, Early Jalapeno, California Wonder, Karma
The most popular garden vegetable! Growing tomatoes is not only fun, but treats you to some of the best tasting fruits in the world. Tomatoes come in many colors, shapes, taste, and sizes. Grow a few varieties every year to find your favorites! May is the time to transplant if you haven’t already.
Suggested variety: SunSugar, Rio Grande, Sweet Seedless, Red Pear
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