Oh, yes! It’s time to plant another round of what you planted in March in the spots you reserved for them. Keep ‘em coming! More beans, tomatoes, artichokes from transplants, corn, New Zealand spinach, cucumbers, summer (fair warning, summer squash – zucchini, are prolific! Maybe you don’t need another of these?) and winter squash! Add more year-rounds, beets, carrots, chard, radish, turnips. Remember to reserve space for your third plantings! If you haven’t already, start your third plantings in the greenhouse to get a head start!
Summer Companion Planting (and see GBC #10, if you are receiving the GBC Newsletter) please.
NOW it is the right time to plant your true heat lovers – eggplant, limas, melons, okra, peppers and pumpkins ( though pumpkins may be better started in May). Plant heat tolerant and bolt resistant lettuces from now on, give them a tad of shade – Jericho, Sierra, Nevada, Black Seeded Simpson are some heat tolerant varieties.
Remember to border or between-plant your plot with herbs! That’s easy access for quick picking on your way out of the garden for fresh herbs for your table or cook pot. Basil with your tomatoes, dill with your cucs, marjoram, oregano, parsley, sage, savory, thyme. In a large space at home plant rosemary; plant mint in a pot so it won’t go everywhere you don’t want it to!
Reminder to put your mycorrhiza fungi to work! The most common mycorrhizae grow inside the cells of roots. These are called “endomycorrhizae,” (Endo means inside.) Many of these endomycorrhizae form tiny trees and little sacs inside root cells. These tiny trees, called “arbuscules” (Latin for tree) and tiny sacs, called “vesicles” (little sac) are connected to long threads of the mycorrhizae that lead out into the soil. These long threads, called hyphae, are analogous to the roots of plants. These hyphae extend beyond the length of roots, and allow the roots to absorb more nutrients than they would without the help of the fungus.
* Plant special flowers for May Day, and for Mother’s day, only 5 weeks from now, to give as gifts! Friends getting married in June?! Why not give them plants for their new garden together?! How symbolic! Plant a little extra all the time for ready gifts for any occasion!
Sluggo for Slugs & Snails. Be diligent with your applications; especially put it down right after planting tender seedlings. It is not affected by watering.
MULCH! Now most all your plants are in the ground, and well fertilized, if you haven’t already, lay in your mulch! Keep your soil moist and cool. Less light, less weeds!