Plant Doctor: May in the garden


Average temperatures: High 88, low 66

Rainfall: 3.74 inches

The moon

1. Moon phases

•Last quarter: May 2

•New moon: May 9

•First quarter: May 18

•Full moon: May 25

•Last quarter: May 31

2. Moon sign planting dates

•Above-ground crops: 13, 14, 15, 18, 19 ,23, 24.

•Below-ground crops: 4, 5, 8, 9, 27, 28, 31,

•Control weeds: 1, 2, 3, 11, 12, 29, 30.

•Prune trees and shrubs: 6, 7, 16, 17, 25, 26.

What to plant

3. Vegetables: Calabaza, chayote, cherry tomato, collards, dasheen, lima bean, snap bean, Malabar spinach, malanga, New Zealand spinach, okra, hot pepper, roselle, Seminole pumpkin, Southern pea, sweet potato, tamarillo, yam and yard-long bean.

4. Flowers: Angelonia, balsam, begonias, black-eyed-Susan, blue daze, bromeliads, browallia, bush daisy, butterfly weed, cat's whiskers, celosia, coleus, coreopsis, crossandra, Dahlberg daisy, gaillardia, gazania, gerbera, goldenrod, gomphrena, impatiens, liatris, marigolds, melampodium, moon vine, nicotiana, nierembergia, pentas, periwinkle, Porter weed, portulaca, purslane, salvia, sunflowers, torenia, verbena and zinnias.

5. Herbs: Anise, basil, bay laurel, cardamom, chives, coriander, dill, lemon balm, oregano, rosemary, sage, savory, sweet marjoram, mint, tarragon and thyme.

6. Bulbs: Achimenes, agapanthus, blood lilies, bulbine, caladiums, calla lilies, cannas, crinums, day lilies, eucharis lily, gladiolus, gloriosa lilies, peacock ginger, society garlic, spider lilies and rain lilies.

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