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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.

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

We are fortunate that May has 31 days because there is a lot to do in a garden this month which starts as spring finally takes over and ends hopefully with summer well underway..


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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.) Prep and plant up your containers with flowers and vegetables.

1. If you don’t have space for a garden, you can still grow quite a lot in containers on a sunny patio.


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

2. There are literally thousands of varieties to choose from.

  • Bean, Contender Bush , , large
  • Zinnia, Queen Red Lime, , large
  • Squash, Burpee's Best Hybrid, , large

3.) Early signs insect pests and plant diseases.

3. Watch for early signs of insect and disease problems so you can take care of them quickly before they wipe out a vegetable crop.

4.) Plan to replace spring flowers and vegetables with heat-tolerant flowers and vegetables.

4. Later in the month, replace spring flowers and vegetables, like pansies and peas, with heat-resistant flowers and vegetables, like sunflowers and squash.

  • Sunflower, Sunray Yellow Hybrid, , large
  • Squash, Summer, Saffron , , large
  • Sunflower, Pikes Peak, , large

5.) Set up hoses and sprinklers.

5. Set up hoses and sprinklers to make watering easier during the dry spells of summer.

  • Galcon 9001D Hose End LCD Timer, , large
  • Gatorhyde Coiled Garden Hose, , large
  • Ergonomic 7 Pattern Hand Sprayer, , large