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May in the Garden

By April 30, 2023Beet 2023 05 May

The weather is finally warming up!  The soil will get warmer, and we can successfully plant our vegetables – and for many of us ornamentals also.   

I am continuing this series of articles and hope that you find them helpful and inspiring. In May, there is quite a bit to do in the garden depending on what you want to grow.  Our gardens still need to be cared for so that they will do well, and we will have a plentiful harvest. By caring for our gardens, we are also caring for ourselves – physically, mentally, and emotionally.

The Jackson County Master Gardener Association has a great resource for gardeners to use. It is the Garden Guide for the Rogue Valley – Year-Round & Month by Month.  This great reference book for gardeners is mainly about growing vegetables, berries, and melons.

May is the time to:

  • Plants which you can plant as seed outside (make sure to check the soil temperature)
o   Amaranth

o   Beans

o   Cantaloupe

o   Chervil

o   Cilantro

o   Cucumbers

o   Edamame Soy Beans

o   Lettuce

o   New Zealand Spinach

o   Parsley

o   Potatoes

o   Scallions

o   Summer Savory

o   Swiss Chard


o   Basil

o   Beets

o   Carrots

o   Chives

o   Corn

o   Dill

o   Leeks

o   Malabar Spinach

o   Okra

o   Parsnips

o   Pumpkin

o   Squash

o   Sunflowers

o   Watermelon

  • Plants to transplant this month (make sure to check the soil temperature)
o   Artichokes, Globe

o   Broccoli

o   Cabbage

o   Basil

o   Brussels sprouts

o   Cantaloupe

o   Cucumbers o   Eggplant
o   Leeks o   Oriental Greens
o   Pak Choi

o   Squash

o   Tomatoes

o   Rhubarb

o   Peppers

o   Sweet potatoes

o   Watermelons

o   Tomatoes


  • Control Pests and Diseases
    • Pea weevil
    • Root maggot fly
    • Powdery mildew on grapes


Garden Guide for the Rogue Valley – Year-Round & Month by Month. This book contains a wealth of gardening information. You can purchase it at our local Grange Co-op or at the OSU Extension office for $21.00. It can also be purchased on-line at  Note that a shipping fee will be applied.




Happy Gardening and Stay Warm

Garden For Life