Grow something this summer, even if it is only a pot of basil or dill. Plant a full garden if you are able. Growing your own food is a great way to save money and eat healthier. Get the children involved. They love planting seeds and watching them pop out of the dirt; it gives them a sense of accomplishment.
Here are some activities to do in the garden for May:
- Using chemicals to rid your garden of pests is a last resort. First, try natural remedies:
- Watch for problems and taking action before things get out of control.
- Release natural predators and organisms that will get rid of pests in your garden.
- Washing leaves off with water is another non-chemical option.
- Other non-chemical options include washing leaves off with water, removing pests by hand, laying barrier screen over new plants, and essential oils/herbs such as Neem.
- The ground is always colder than the air. Know your ground temperature.
- Tomatoes, squash, melons, peppers and eggplant need consistent ground temperatures above 70°F to grow.
- You don’t necessarily have to take soil temps, experience is a great teacher, and so is getting to know local gardeners or taking classes.
- See the notes you made in last year’s garden journal and make notes in this year’s journal.
- Remove weeds when they are small.
- Learn how to recognize fly and larvae infestations by taking a class or getting help from someone with experience.
- Plant fruits and vegetables based on your local climate; ask experienced local gardeners for help.