What to Plant in May

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you all had a great holiday weekend! How did you spend Memorial Day? It’s always great to be able to spend time and relax with loved ones while appreciating the beautiful outdoors this spring.

Speaking of the season, May is one of the best months to grow flowers! If you’re not into gardening, why not take up this fun and productive pastime to add some curb appeal to your home? For all you beginners out there, here’s a list of flowers you can plant this month, especially if you’re in the Mid-Atlantic region like I am!

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Here are the Top Ten crops for Mid-Atlantic gardens, followed by other recommended crops, as rated in our National Survey of Most Productive Garden Crops. (The criteria for selection include ease of culture, efficient use of garden space and time, ease of storage and desirability at the table.) The recommended crops are sorted by plant family to help you plan rotations so that the same plant families are not grown consecutively in the same area, as much as possible.

Top 10 Crops: Mid-Atlantic Region

 1. Slicing tomato
2. Sweet pepper
3. Cherry tomato
4. Pole snap bean
5. Bush snap bean
6. Garlic
7. Potato
8. Snow/snap pea
9. Summer squash
10. Bulb onion

Other vegetables such as carrots, corn, cucumber, lettuce, pumpkin and radish can be planted during May as well. For herbs, cilantro, dill, fennel, and parsley can be planted this month.

Other Highly Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family:  Broccoli, cabbage, collards, kale, kohlrabi
Cucumber family:  Cucumber, winter squash
Leafy greens: Arugula, chard, lettuce, mache, mustard (all types), bok choi, sorrel, spinach
Legumes:  Asparagus/yard-long bean, bush lima bean, dry soup bean, edamame, peas (all types
Root crops:  Parsnip, radish, rutabaga, shallot, sunchoke, turnip
Tomato family:  Eggplant, peppers (all types), tomato (all types)
Miscellaneous:  Asparagus, leek, okra, scallions, sweet corn

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See you all in June, everyone!


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