What To Plant In May

The majority of your summer crops are planted from 4 to 6 May for zones. This month's planting calendar will cover all of the summer fruits that should be planted at this time.

May is my favorite month in the garden. This is when all of my summer garden's hard work begins! In this May planting guide, I'll walk you through which vegetables should be planted in your yard. This May planting guide was created to assist people living in zones 4, 5, and 6 in getting their summer harvest underway! The key to determining your average last frost date is patience. Most of your May planting will be based on that date. So if you don't know it, find out before you plant anything. Google "average frost dates for "your town" to discover the most straightforward approach I've found to determine that average last frost date.



Cabbage is a cool-season vegetable that thrives in the heat. Plant cabbage seeds as soon as May so that you can enjoy this tough plant in all but the coldest months.


Beets can be cultivated in any month of the year. In fact, they thrive in warm weather and can be set up at any time during May. This plant is unaffected by frost.


Lettuce thrives in May. Choose faster-growing leaf types that will be ready in 45 days or so before the real heat of summer arrives. Alternatively, try some of the summer crisp lettuces. These cultivars are developed to endure the heat of summer.

Tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant

All three of these warm-season crops are highly susceptible to frost. As a result, you should wait until your average last frost date to plant them. Even after the typical last frost date, you must keep an eye on the weather reports for a few weeks to ensure that no late-season freezes harm your produce! Planting your tomato family crops in a Walls O' Water may help protect them from the cold until June.


Plant watermelon, Crenshaw, cantaloupe, and other melons in May. These plants can all be planted either by seedlings or by seed. Melon plants are also VERY frost sensitive so be sure to get them out after the chance of frost is past.


All of the squash family are also considered warm-season crops that are highly susceptible to frost. I prefer to plant squash seeds, but they may also be grown from seedlings. Just make sure you get little seedlings that haven't started vineing. The zucchini, crookneck squash, and pattypan are all summer squashes in the squash family. Pumpkins, Butternut Squash, Spaghetti Squash, and Banana Squash are all members of this clan as well. Cucumbers, of course!

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