Tips for the month of May
As for the jobs of the garden month May, it is good to say that many of the heavier jobs have already been done. In this month nature has now fully awakened and our plants are already showing off their most beautiful colors; now it is late for second thoughts and displacements, the dwelling plants must be left where they are, to avoid stress that would lead them to almost certain death; It is still time, however, for the new plants. Walking in the garden centers we have certainly seen plants, shrubs and herbaceous plants, annual or perennial, which are well suited to our garden.
Before planting them, we work the soil well, adding soft and rich soil, sand and organic fertilizer, then we proceed, burying the plants up to the level at which the earth was when the plant was in pot.
We can plant almost all flower essences, even if it is better for roses to hurry, in order not to lose the flowering, which usually takes place during this month; even for fruit plants it is a little late, if we want to plant them, however, let's remember that the fruiting will take place, almost certainly, only next year: we can still bury the small fruits, which have started to grow a few days ago. Azaleas and rhododendrons are in full bloom, we can plant them, remembering to prepare a large planting hole, to be filled with peat or with specific soil for acidophilic plants.
Seedlings and planting
In May our seedbeds will be full of seedlings, it is time to repot them in individual containers, and, in some cases, to plant them already; It is also possible to sow in the open ground: Agerato, Amaranto, Aquilegia, Clarkia, Coleus, Convolvulus, Cosmea, Helichrysum, Cornflower, Gypsophila, Godezia, Iberis, Ipomea, Decorative linen, Lupine, Poppy, Petunia, Phlox, Sweet pea, Portulaca, Primula, Salpiglossis, Ornamental pumpkin. The time has also come to plant the summer flowering bulbs, let's prepare to plant: Acidantera, Agapantus, Amaryllis, Anemone, Begonia, Culla, Cyclamen, Convallaria, Dalia, Gladiolus, Gloxina, Incarvillea, Lilium, Liatris, Montbretia, Peonia, Ranuncolo, Trigidia.
If the lawn is not very thick or has spots without grass, it is still possible to thicken it: we proceed by spreading specific soil for turfgrass on the ground, already enriched with fertilizer and lightened with sand, rake it to spread it in a uniform layer, then spread the seeds, taking care not to create piles of seeds; therefore let's water abundantly, every 2-3 days.
If we have not already done so last month, it is good to provide our plants with good fertilization, burying organic fertilizer at the foot of trees and shrubs, or slow release granular fertilizer. Perennial and annual herbaceous plants need periodic fertilization, every 7-10 days, mixed with the irrigating water.