May is probably my most favorite month in Oregon. Warmer and longer days mean more time to spend outside! The gardening season is just beginning–get your gloves and shovels ready.
This is probably the busiest time of the year at the farm. Currently, we are planting the garden and preparing for the upcoming sale on May 17. Once a year, we open our doors to the community. This is a unique opportunity to come and spend a morning or afternoon walking the gardens, talking with neighbors, meeting new friends, sharing a meal, and talking about our favorite passion … gardening! We have been busy creating fun garden items, starting organic and heirloom vegetables from seed, digging and dividing plants, and crafting up much more to share with everyone. If you are in the area, this is definitely an opportunity you do not want to miss as this only happens once a year.
- Treat yourself to at least 1 great new plant before the best selection is gone.
- Make a visit to a local farmers market and find some great plant deals (i.e., Fat Dog Farms – May 17 Spring Sale!).
- Water regularly, even if rain is predicted.
- Trap moles and gophers as new mounds appear.
- Control slugs with bait or traps (Slug Shack’s) and by removing or mowing vegetation near garden plots.
- Prune early spring-flowering shrubs, bulbs, and early spring flowers like pansies and primroses after blooming.
- Wait to prune evergreens, hedges and other shrubs until late spring into early summer.
- Clean bird feeders.
- Prepare your irrigation system for summer.
Give everything a good feeding of seaweed, bone meal (I have found that liquid is best as this will keep pets from digging up your plants and trying to eat the soil/bone meal).
It’s time to divide crowded perennials.
Keep the perennial vegetables and berries weed
It’s time to plant warm season crops and others if you have not already done so: beans, beets, corn, cucumbers, dill, peppers, onions, potatoes, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, and watermelon.
Now is a good time to repot houseplants in new soil.