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Monday, May 20th, 2019
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Garden Times for May

What to Plant:

Vegetables & Fruits:

Try something NEW- Plant a yard full of Tropical Fruits! Great choices of Mango, Avocado, Lychee, Carambola, Pineapples, Barbados Cherries, Papaya, Figs or Berries-Blue, Black or Raspberries. Makes me hungry for Fruit Salad!  

Let your yard supply you with the rewards of your hard work!

Also plant some veggies: Okra, Tomato, Cucumber, Peppers, Beans, Squash, Southern Peas, Sweet Potato, Summer Squash, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Pumpkins, Collards, Eggplant and more.

Flowers:

Ageratum, Blue Wonder, Heather, Caladiums, Blue Daze, Coleus, Diamond Frost, Daylillies, Lantana, Marigold, Penta, Purslane, Salvia, Torenia, Vinca and more.

Herbs:

Basil, Chives, Dill, Oregano, Cilantro, Rosemary, Lavendar, Mints, Sweet Marjoram, Sage, Savory Thyme and other favorites.

What to Do:

Houseplants:

  • Remove yellowing foliage and repot as needed
  • Wash away dust and bugs
  • Trim overgrown stems
  • Move weaker plants to patio or porch
  • Continue to fertilize with Formula "B" and Jack's Classic
  • Vitamix all for boost of vitality
  • May move outdoors into shady areas
  • Pinch or cut back to encourage new growth
  • Turn plants inside to allow light to even out growth
  • Use Systemic Insect Granules to eliminate insect problems-MONTHLY
  • Divide those bromeliads and orchids
  • Repot plants growing too large for their containers  

The Landscape:

  • Remove damaged limbs and foliage
  • Complete pruning of overgrown plants treat with Pruning Sealer
  • Transplant Palms and/or add new ones!
  • Cut back shrubs to thicken growth lower on plants
  • Follow all planting instruction guidelines per Busy Bee recommendations!
  • Prune & fertilize azaleas after flowering
  • Control black spot & mites on roses-FEED them MONTHLY
  • Check gardens for signs of insect invasions
  • Replenish mulches as needed to control weeds and help retain moisture
  • Add heat/summer tolerant color to beautify
  • Fertilize all plants/trees every three months
  • Use VitaMix to increase vitality
  • Plant a Butterfly Garden as a great summer project!
  • Apply Systemic Drench EVERY 6 Months to PREVENT insect problems
  • Remove "sucker"growth from trees to keep them from becoming BUSHES! 

The Lawn:

  • Fertilize with 16-0-8
  • Seed, plug or sod new lawns & fill in bare areas
  • Treat chinch bugs if needed
  • Apply herbicides if needed (Image used in St. Augustine-due to HEAT)
  • Apply a fertilizer containing iron only, such as Ironite or Milorganite to green-up yellowing lawns 

The Green House:

  • Replace plastic coverings with shadecloth
  • Feed container-grown plants monthly or weekly with water soluable fertilizers and Busy Bee's VitaMix
  • Prepare cuttings taken from spring growth with Rootone Powder
  • Use Fertilome Root Stimulator to promote root growth
  • Use Systemic Insect Granules to eliminate insect problems-MONTHLY
  • Move large container grown plants outdoors 

Vegetables and Fruits:

  • Feed vegetables with Jack's 20-20-20 and Garden Tone/Tomato Tone
  • Spray veggies weekly with Copper, Daconil or Dithane to control fungus problems
  • Apply Spinosad to contol Leaf Miners
  • Use VitaMix to boost vitality
  • Transplant seedlings outdoors using Fertilome Root Stimulator
  • Use Southern Ag Citrus Nutrional Spray
  • Monitor and control pests and fungus(Usually there are LOTS!)
  • Make sure your trellis/cages are secure against the heavy winds
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