We are more ready than ever for May bringing its warmer temperatures, sunshine and ample time to get out and plant our gardens this year. 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 your Hardiness Zone.

Zones 3-10:
  • Beans: You can plant both bush and pole beans now that the soil and air are warmed up as beans should not be started indoors. Try a continual 7-10 day sowing of different varieties. This will give you an abundance of bean crops and not one large harvest with wasted crop.
  • Beets: You still have time to sow beets now for a fast, yummy summer treat! To provide a continuous harvest, plant seeds in various locations with a three-week time difference.
  • Cabbage: May is the time to transplant cabbage for a summer harvest. Cabbage plants do better when planted near herbs like dill and rosemary.
  • Carrots: For a delicious fall crop, start carrots inside now so that they can be transplanted in mid-July. Try different colored varieties for making colorful stews and soups.
  • Cucumbers: Cucumbers can be directly sowed or transplanted after three weeks. They can take up a lot of space so be careful to pick a variety for the space you have in your garden.
  • Eggplants: When the soil temperature reaches 60 degrees Fahrenheit, it is time to transplant your eggplants outside.
  • Herbs: Anytime year-round is the perfect time to plant heat loving herbs like basil, oregano, rosemary and sage indoors or outdoors!
  • Melons: Melons are great for hot, long summers and a staple for hot, long summer picnics and family fun!
  • Peppers: 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.
  • Summer Squash: Sow summer squash now in May will lead to fresh squash and zucchini for July!
  • Tomatoes: May is the time to transplant your tomatoes if you haven’t already. Make sure to transplant to an area that gets full sun.
Zones 3-7:
  • Corn: Now that the weather is warmer and soil is above 55 degrees Fahrenheit, it is the perfect time to plant sweet corn for a delicious late summer to early fall harvest.

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