We know you know what to do in May,

but here are a few things you can certainly do now!

1. Decorate with Hanging Baskets

There are many roads to Rome when it comes to hanging baskets. Here are a couple of tips. Use Proven Winner varieties that don't need to be deadheaded. Always use a slow release fertilizer like hanging basket 14-14-14. When you see a great basket you can be sure it has been fertilized! If you start early you can save money by using 2 ½ inch basket stuffers!

2. Plant Tomatoes

Certainly, this is the very last chance to start seed tomatoes here. If you are going to plant with seed now use an early variety like Early Girl. If you missed early planting worry not, we will have plenty of seedlings on hand! Plant in a larger, deeper planter to maintain moisture or the ground place in a sunny hot location. Try wool pellets for water retention.

3. Go Tropical

You can certainly use tropical plants in your containers and beds. You can even move indoor tropicals outside for the summer. Harden off tropical plants before sending them into direct sunlight and watch for cooler nights. If you plan to bring indoors again ensure you are not bringing pests into your home.

4. Spice Up Your Garden

Most herbs grow well here through the gardening season. Even Basil! Plant it in a sheltered spot in a south facing area. Water carefully and fertilize! You can plant tubs with other herbs for sure, but try to keep plants with the same sun / water requirements together.

5. Bring On the Bulbs

Many bulbs can still be planted. Look for Dahlia's, Lilies, Gladiolas, Anemone, Garlic and Onion!

6. Brighten Shady Spots

Add a dose of colour to shady spots in your landscape with versatile perennials like Hosta and Heuchera or annuals like Fuschia, Torenia or Begonias. Shade plants have come a long way there are more choices than ever.

7. Camouflage an Eyesore

Vines have the ability to scramble up fences, buildings, garages, power boxes or whatever you see that you would rather not! You can plant Sweet Peas from seed or look for more formal vines like Hops, Clematis, Honeysuckle or Virginia Creeper. Annual vines such as Morning Glory, Hyacinth Bean, can cover things quickly and effectively.

8. Amend Your Soils

Tired beds and soil will not produce great plants. Amend your soils with good composts like Hop or SeaSoil. Any introduced organic materials are great for the structure and health of your soil. Look for things that are ready made and will break down quickly and some that won't. You can also add other organic materials for drainage like Zeolite, or Perlite. Earthworm Castings and Charcoal are also good ideas. Micronutrients are important too. Gaia Green Rock Dust or Giai Green 4-4-4 are great sources of micronutrients, if your soils are low on minerals, so too will be your veggies and plants. Be sure to add some! If you're looking for moisture retention add Vermiculite, Wool Pellets or Coconut Coir. You can also now add bacteria's and fungi with Soil Activator and Myke which are most beneficial to your soil's and therefore your plant's health.

9. Fertilize

It's amazing how fertilizing your plants make a huge difference in their health and showiness! All fertilizers are marked with a three number combo like 20-20-20 the first number indicated the amount of nitrogen, the second number phosphorous and the third potassium or N-P-K. Nitrogen helps the leafy parts of the plant, phosphorous the roots and potassium the overall health of the plant. Anything transplanted should get a healthy dose of Myke directly on the roots or a high middle number fertilizer. Hanging baskets can use slow-release fertilizers and so can your lawn! Look to add manures as fertilizers, they contain high quantities of materials used by all sorts of plants. Use a fertilizer that best suits your needs whether that be organic, water-soluble, liquid or solid such as bone meal. If you're not sure we are here to help!

10. Bring on Pollinators!

Attract colourful butterflies and bees to your backyard by planting a banquet of flowers they love. If you can live with Dandelions please leave them! They are an excellent early food source for bees. Aside from that, look for nectar-rich perennials such as Bee Balm, Coneflower, Black-Eyed Susan, Salvia, Phlox, and Dianthus. It doesn't matter if you plant these in containers or in the earth. Pollinators are part of a healthy eco-system and if you can help out by planting them, then please by all means. If you grow veggies too you won't be disappointed with outcomes!

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