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Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 5-6

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.

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When May rolls around we are off to the races in our gardens in the Midwest. Sometimes the weather causes us to have to make a pitstop or two, especially if it is still cold at night. But warmer days are in sight, and it is full speed ahead toward summer.


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Carol Michel is a lifelong gardener and resident of Indiana with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture Production from Purdue University.
She regularly writes gardening related topics for Indiana Gardening and on her award-winning garden blog, She is the author of the recently released book Potted & Pruned: Living a Gardening Life.

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1.) Plant up containers with flowers and vegetables.

1. Plant up containers with flowers and vegetables. Even if your only place to grow anything is on a deck or patio, you can still grow a variety of herbs, vegetables, and flowers.

2.) Direct sow seeds for summer flowers and vegetables.

2. Direct sow seeds for summer flowers and vegetables in your garden once there is no danger of frost. There are flowers and vegetables for every taste.

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  • Bean Beananza, , large
  • Squash, Summer Green Tiger Zucchini Hybrid, , large

3.) Learn about insect pests and plant diseases.

3. Learn about insect pests and plant diseases and how to tackle them if they occur.

4.) Plant out warm season vegetable plants.

4. Plant out tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and other warm-season vegetable plants after all danger of frost has passed. These plants like it warm, especially at night. Not sure which varieties to grow? Try a collection!

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  • Sweet Pepper Plants Collection, , large
  • Patio Edible Plants Collection, , large

5.) Set up watering system.

5. Set up a watering system so you are ready for any dry spells. It will make watering easier when it is necessary to do so.

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  • Planters Drip Kit, , large