Gardening on May Day | Celebrating spring with plants

Backyard vegetable gardening

May Day gardening doesn't nessisarily require a yard, or even a place of your own to plant. Image from Flickr.

The history of May Day is one full of celebration of spring and the coming summer months. For many gardeners, May Day means it’s time to quit waiting and take a cash loan to make sure the plants make it into the ground now that danger of frost is gone. No matter if you have five acres of good soil or just a few containers on your balcony, there is no day better than May Day to get your planting done.

Why May Day?

Depending on what region of the country you live in, May Day could mean very different things for your garden. The USDA Zone map provides hardiness ratings for the country. In high zones, May Day is the start of the hot season, and is a time to get citrus, tropical plants and other warm-season crops in the ground. In many cold-zone areas, May Day is the first chance to put seeds and starts in the ground without worry of them frosting over.

Just a few containers | May Day gardening on your balcony

If you live in an apartment, or have a yard and garden you have no desire to rip up, then May Day gardening can start with a few containers. Strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, root vegetables, and many herbs all grow very well in containers. Get a good-quality potting soil and make sure that you fertilize and water your plants on a regular schedule. Containers dry out more quickly, so make sure when you plant on May Day, you water the seeds generously.

May Day gardening | getting a grounded start

If you’re planning on putting plants in the ground, May Day is a great day to get plants in the ground. Well-turned soil and a fertilized bed will help your garden be more productive. If you live in a cold and frosty area, you may want to put a row cover over your plants to ensure nothing gets too cold.

Seed Bombs | May Day gardening, guerrilla style

If you don’t want to take the time or effort to put in your own garden, you can still spread planted happiness for May Day. Seed bombs or seed grenades are seeds stored in a biodegradable container that are thrown into unused or off-limits land. If you want to create your own seed grenades, just put together a collection of native flower and plant seeds and tie them into bundles of cheesecloth or other biodegradable material. Then – toss them! Into abandoned lots, forgotten parks or anywhere that desperately needs a hint of color. For the rest of the season, you can take a look at the abandoned lots and know that the color popping up is the result of your May Day fun.