Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 3-4

May 1 to May 31-- Discover what you should be doing right now. Our experts share gardening advice, techniques, news, and ideas to make your garden the best ever.

Here’s what’s happening in your gardening region:

Hibernation is over. Spring flowers are brightening gardens during the warmer days of May. The traditional start to gardening season in Zones 3 and 4 is Memorial Day weekend but eager gardeners have already been outside playing in the dirt. There’s a lot to do and we’re raring to get going!


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Lisa Colburn is a crazy gardener, great cook and author of The Maine Garden Journal.

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1. New to gardening? Burpee makes it easy.

1. There’s no better time to learn how to garden. See the great articles and videos in Burpee’s Advice Center.

2. Develop your green thumb with easy-to-grow plants.

2. Ensure the success of your first garden with recognized winners.

3. Plant perennial food crops during cool spring weather.

Plant perennial food crops for years of enjoyment.

4. Encourage bees, butterflies and birds to visit your garden.

Pollinators are necessary for most food crops. Encourage them to visit your yard with the right plants.

  • Flower Pollinators
  • Wildflowers, Hummingbird & Butterfly Mix, , large
  • Asclepias
    A must for any butterfly garden. Come midsummer, Asclepias--or butterfly weed--produces elegant rounded clusters of bright orange, orange-red, or (occasionally) yellow flowers. Drought-tolerant.

5. Fresh salsa from the garden can’t be beat. Here’s what you need now.

Grow all the ingredients for fresh salsal!.

  • Tomato, Fresh Salsa Hybrid, , large
  • Pepper, Hot Salsa Blend, , large
  • Cilantro
    Coriander is also known as cilantro and is a favored ingredient in Mexican and Asian cuisine.