What To Plant In May: This Time, With Kids.

May 6, 2015

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May is my favorite month to plant things…because it is the end of so many things around here. The end of the school year. The culmination of my favorite big event. And I like to combine endings with beginnings. It’s the best to plant seeds at the end of one school year and harvest them as another one begins. I tried to explain this to Harry last night and he just sort of looked at me like I was insane.

There are so many ideas out there on how to make kids like vegetables. And I have tried them. I’ve tried everything. I even tried planting things as a group project, together.

It did not work with my kid. (It may work with yours…And I wish you so much luck and good tidings of great joy.)

But every seasons he does humor me and go along with planting things together…and he does actually like watching things grow and pulling fruit from the greenery. I’ll take anything at this point.

garden 1

Karen talked about this the other day here (Gardening  with Kids) and her child is an angel and super into it. Kristen has been running her children’s school garden for years…and teaching kids how to garden…and she is going to talk more about that next week. I’m really looking forward to that because I need new tricks.

What I do know is what grows well around here (Zones 7, 8 & 9) in May. We are getting close to the end on some of them (squash & watermelon) but there is still time. So this is what I recommend for May.

what to plant in May

So this is what I’d like to do. If  you are thinking of planting something or trying something, let me know. Leave a comment here or email me (helloqueso@gmail.com) or tag anything with #gardencollage. I’d love to see what you’re planting, what you’re growing and if it’s working. I’m always shocked when it works. But, water and sunshine, man. Magic.

squash 2

I just planted all of these things, so I might be just a few weeks before you, but basically, we’re all on track. For instance, just three weeks ago, I planted some squash. And just like that, this plant went from the one above…to the one at the very top of this post. I’m telling you. Magic. Squash blossoms everywhere.

And I’m planting watermelon and okra this weekend. So join me! There’s still tons of time.

It’s going to be a good summer.

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  • Reply Barchbo May 7, 2015 at 8:34 am

    We just planted our first garden item – basil – and it is sprouting. We are thinking of something we can grow that our kids will eat – they are loving the gardening, and we are so fortunate that they are learning some gardening skills at school, too. Any suggestions? Our yard is mostly shade, alas. And we want to use a planter.

  • Laura Harrison Mayes
    Reply Laura May 8, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Barchbo, mostly shade is tough. If you can at least get morning sun, you could do Sweet 100 tomatoes. They can grow in a pot, but you’ll need a tomato cage to put in the pot, because it will grow up and everywhere. But it will produce a lot of tomatoes (if you can get the sun thing solved) and they’re little and fun to pick and eat.

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