As it gets warmer and warmer this Spring, you’ll see less and less cold weather frost in your front and backyard.
You might think it’s too late to start planting and growing your favorite vegetables, but the warm weather you will see in May provides ideal temperatures that makes your soil perfect to for sowing seeds. Warmer weather and soil allows seeds to germinate faster, which can help your new plants grow faster.
We’ve compiled a list of vegetables that will grow well in May and throughout the spring season.
Growing Corn in Your Backyard
Corn is a vegetable is that is both fast growing and most rewarding to plant in your garden.
Good soil preparation is key to growing corn in your garden. When planting corn, make sure you do the following:
- Plant your corn seeds in an area that is allows for full sunshine
- Have well drained soil to dramatically increase your corn yield
- Fertilize the soil before you plant the corn
- Wait for soil temperature to reach 60 F
Plant your corn seeds 10 days to 3 weeks after the last spring frost. This is typically when the temperature of your garden’s soil begins to warm.
If soil temperature is around 60 F (or above), corn usually begins to product and break the surface of the soil in around 10 days to 2 weeks.
When growing corn from seeds in your garden, how you lay out the seeds in the planting process is also important:
- Plant corn seed rows 24-30 inches apart from each other.
- Plant corn seeds 1 to 2 inches deep in the soil and about 9 to 12 inches apart.
- Use mulch to keep your corn plants and soil weed-free and moist during hot, dry weather
Pro Tip: Start off with a small plot and work your way towards including more varieties and larger area in your garden.
Bonus: You can cook up some fresh corn minutes after pulling it from your garden during a family cookout!
Growing Peppers in Your Garden
Peppers are a garden favorite because they take up little space and can produce high yields even when planted close together. To plant peppers in your garden, it is important to consider. Plant your pepper seeds 2-3 weeks after the expected last frost. Most types of pepper seeds sprout in about 1 week in soil temperature that has reached between 70-80 degrees F. Germination can vary depending on what variety you choose to plant. Because of this, consider planting your pepper seeds indoors about 8-10 weeks before transplanting to your garden.
Sweet peppers typically mature in 60-90 days. Hot pepper varieties can take up to 150 days to mature.
For best results when planting peppers in your garden, make you sure you do the following:
- Plant pepper seeds in a bed that receives full sun
- Plant pepper seeds in soil that contains plenty of organic matter
- Use a sandy loam soil that drains well
- Space pepper seeds about 12-18 inches apart.
Pro Tip: If you're new to planting pepper seeds and growing peppers, consider starting with with the classic bell pepper because hot peppers can be more difficult to deal with.
Bonus: Planning on making stuffed bell peppers, fajitas or Philly cheesesteaks? Now you won’t have to run out to the grocery store because you’ll have freshly grown, crisp bell peppers in your garden!
Growing Oregano in Your Backyard
Oregano plants are an ideal choice for your garden because they grow quickly, do not need to be fertilized and almost take care of themselves.
Oregano seeds usually germinate in about 1 week.
Plant oregano seeds once the last spring frost has passed and soil temperature has reached 60 degrees F or above.
Start sowing oregano seeds indoors by simply misting them with water, covering them in a seed tray or plastic container and placing them this in a sunny location, such as a window, to germinate. No soil is needed in this part of the process.
When planting oregano seeds, make sure you do the following for optimal results:
- Transplant your oregano seedling once they have reached 6 inches tall
- Plant oregano seeds in areas receiving full sunlight and in well-drained soil.
- Oregano plants are drought tolerant and do not need much watering once they become established plants. Water only during during excessively dry periods.
Pro Tip: If you’re planning on cooking with your fresh, garden oregano, pinch oregano flower buds as they begin to bloom.
Bonus: Oregano is an excellent companion plant to grow in your garden because it helps to repel insects that commonly affect other plants such as beans and broccoli.
Take advantage of the warmer weather and higher soil temperatures in May and plant some of your favorite vegetables in your own backyard.
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