Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 7-8

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:

The last frost and mild spring days all went by last month, and the heat builds as we head into May. It is still comfortable in the garden most days and the stores are full of seedlings and supplies of all descriptions. Try not to be taken into the hype too much and shop with a list so that you don’t get carried away!


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Kate is an avid veggie gardener and writer.
She is a board member of the Garden Writer's Association. She authored 2 books: The Downsized Veggie Garden (Feb 2016) and New York & New Jersey Month by Month Gardening (Aug 2016).

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1. Make a raised bed for veggies and flowers.

Raised beds are perfect for community gardens and popular with gardeners everywhere. They make growing all vegetables easy and both carrots and root veggies are a breeze. They can also be used for flowers. You can buy kits or make your own raised beds - these Burpee articles and videos introduce you to the advantages of raised beds and help you build your own raised beds.

2. Container sized plants for raised beds.

Raised beds in community gardens need to have plants that do not roam across to another person’s garden bed and in the back garden you really do not want to have large vines that stretch across the whole back garden. Burpee has lots of container sized plants that fit neatly into your raised bed space.

  • Sweet Pepper Collection, Yummy Hybrid, , large
  • Tomato, Bush Early Girl Hybrid, , large
  • Tomato, Patio Princess Hybrid, , large

3. Plant flowers for bouquets and vases.

The latest great garden craze is to have a cutting garden full of flowers just for using around the house. Learn which flowers work well for flower arrangements in the house and put them in a garden on their own for your own cutting garden.

4. Great flowers for your arrangements.

Burpee has some great flower collections to start your cutting garden off. Mix perennials and annuals and aim for a long season of flowers to enjoy in vases around the house.

  • Bright & Bold Cut Flower Garden, , large
  • Sunny Perennial Cut Flower Garden, , large
  • Cool Weather Flower Garden, , large

5. Tools for harvesting flowers.

Flowers, like vegetables, are always at their best when they are very fresh. Harvest your flowers with sharp tools and bring them inside quickly.

  • Burpee's Garden Hod, , large
  • Rose Garden Gloves, , large
  • Straight Blade Pruning Shear, , large