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Post  PNG_Grandma on 4/29/2012, 11:59 am

Hey there! Yahooie...I'm early this month!! We have some exciting things to plant in May in our areas...let's get growing!!
cheers

Amaranth (also Love-lies-bleeding)
Plant in garden. Harvest from August
Angelica Plant in garden. Harvest from 18 months
Basil Plant in garden. Harvest from August
Cape Gooseberry (also Golden Berry, Chinese Lanterns) Plant in garden. Harvest from September
Chives (also Garden chives)
Plant in garden. Harvest from August
Climbing beans (Pole beans, Runner beans, Scarlet Runners) Plant in garden. Harvest from August
Cucumber Plant in garden. Harvest from August
Dwarf beans (also French beans, Bush beans)
Plant in garden. Harvest from August
GingerPlant out (transplant) seedlings.
Harvest from December
Horseradish Plant in garden. Harvest from October
Marrow Plant in garden. Harvest from September
NZ Spinach (also Warrigal greens)
Plant in garden. Harvest from August
Okra (also Ladyfinger, gumbo)
Plant in garden. Harvest from September
Pak Choy Plant in garden. Harvest from July
Pumpkin Plant in garden. Harvest from September
Rockmelon (also Canteloupe)
Plant in garden. Harvest from August
Salsify (also Vegetable oyster)
Plant in garden. Harvest from September
Squash (also Crookneck, Pattypan, Summer squash) Plant in garden. Harvest from August
Summer savory (also 'Bean Herb')
Plant in garden. Harvest from July
Sunflower Plant in garden. Harvest from August
Sweet corn (also maize)
Plant in garden. Harvest from September
Tomato Plant in garden. Harvest from August
Watermelon Plant in garden. Harvest from August
Winter Savory (also Savory)
Plant out (transplant) seedlings. Harvest from August
Zucchini (also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash)
Plant out (transplant) seedlings. Harvest from July

We have soooo many things to be planted this month...do we have room for them?? Some can be planted in containers, some tucked in with the flowers...get creative! Get gardening!!
Get your hands dirty! happy hi
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Re: May: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas

Post  sanderson on 5/1/2014, 3:17 pm

I can't believe it is already May!  I'm bumping this planting guide that PNG_Grandma so nicely formatted.   Very Happy

PNG_Grandma wrote:Hey there! Yahooie...I'm early this month!! We have some exciting things to plant in May in our areas...let's get growing!!
cheers

Amaranth (also Love-lies-bleeding)
Plant in garden. Harvest from August
Angelica Plant in garden. Harvest from 18 months
Basil Plant in garden. Harvest from August
Cape Gooseberry (also Golden Berry, Chinese Lanterns) Plant in garden. Harvest from September
Chives (also Garden chives)
Plant in garden. Harvest from August
Climbing beans (Pole beans, Runner beans, Scarlet Runners) Plant in garden. Harvest from August
Cucumber Plant in garden. Harvest from August
Dwarf beans (also French beans, Bush beans)
Plant in garden. Harvest from August
GingerPlant out (transplant) seedlings.
Harvest from December
Horseradish Plant in garden. Harvest from October
Marrow Plant in garden. Harvest from September
NZ Spinach (also Warrigal greens)
Plant in garden. Harvest from August
Okra (also Ladyfinger, gumbo)
Plant in garden. Harvest from September
Pak Choy Plant in garden. Harvest from July
Pumpkin Plant in garden. Harvest from September
Rockmelon (also Canteloupe)
Plant in garden. Harvest from August
Salsify (also Vegetable oyster)
Plant in garden. Harvest from September
Squash (also Crookneck, Pattypan, Summer squash) Plant in garden. Harvest from August
Summer savory (also 'Bean Herb')
Plant in garden. Harvest from July
Sunflower Plant in garden. Harvest from August
Sweet corn (also maize)
Plant in garden. Harvest from September
Tomato Plant in garden. Harvest from August
Watermelon Plant in garden. Harvest from August
Winter Savory (also Savory)
Plant out (transplant) seedlings. Harvest from August
Zucchini (also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash)
Plant out (transplant) seedlings. Harvest from July

We have soooo many things to be planted this month...do we have room for them?? Some can be planted in containers, some tucked in with the flowers...get creative! Get gardening!!
Get your hands dirty!   happy hi
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Post  sanderson on 4/29/2015, 2:40 am

Bump

At this time of the year, it's not a matter of what CAN be planted but what CAN'T be planted.

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Post  sanderson on 5/4/2015, 12:20 am

The Valley has been hit with 90*F temps. Expected to drop into the 80s, even the 70s on Thursday and Friday with a 20-40% chance of rain. Razz Time to get out the sun shade and sheers.

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 5/4/2015, 1:39 am

Yay to the lower temps and rain!!!  My new boxes really dried out today and everything was wilted.  I had to water my hillsides today and tomorrow.  Things just never got really wet this year so it dries out quickly.
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Post  sanderson on 5/25/2015, 3:41 pm

May harvest yesterday and today.  More Rattlesnake and Dragon Tongue plus 1 zucchini and 1 straight neck.
Garlic planted in December.  From gifted large garlic.
Russet sections planted this spring.  The tops died so I dug down and found these, plus small ones that went right back in the makeshift cage.  The 2 black plastic forks have been planted in the newly planted front flower bed.  The neighbor's cat loves the mix.   Mad

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 5/25/2015, 3:43 pm

Look at all that yummy goodness!  I am starting to harvest tomatoes - my first full sized one will be ready in a day or so and a healthy handful of cherry and plum tomatoes.  These have grown all winter in our greenhouse and are now loaded with fruit.  I have really missed vine ripened since March!!!
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Post  sanderson on 5/25/2015, 3:50 pm

Oh, man, red tomatoes.

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Post  sanderson on 5/3/2016, 6:01 pm

Bump. I looked at last year's Bump. Hot temps followed by cooling, chance rain. Same this year!

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Post  countrynaturals on 5/3/2016, 10:10 pm

sanderson wrote:Bump.  I looked at last year's Bump.  Hot temps followed by cooling, chance rain.  Same this year!
The rain we were supposed to get tonight and tomorrow has disappeared, and the day after isn't much better. We'll be lucky to get a drop when we were supposed to get 3 days of it. WAAAA!  Sad Sad Sad
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Post  sanderson on 5/3/2016, 10:48 pm

Sad Sad Friday 90% here. I have bags of soggy, moldy leaves spread out drying (and somewhere someone has washed their car) so it's guaranteed it will rain Wed!! Half of the fall leaves were dry and I got them shredded and in a covered elevated bin.

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Post  countrynaturals on 5/3/2016, 11:19 pm

sanderson wrote:Sad Sad   Friday 90% here.  I have bags of soggy, moldy leaves spread out drying (and somewhere someone has washed their car) so it's guaranteed it will rain Wed!!  Half of the fall leaves were dry and I got them shredded and in a covered elevated bin.
Didn't someone say you know a rain dance? Do you have to be nekkid in the moonlight for it to work?  Embarassed

Armenian cukes and vine peach poked their prettly little heads up, today. Never tried either of them before. I can't wait to see how they turn out.  Very Happy
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Post  sanderson on 5/4/2016, 2:08 am

Moonlight, yes.  Clothes, optional. Wink  Helps if you have bedroom slippers and a headlamp.  happy turtle

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sanderson wrote:Moonlight, yes.  Clothes, optional. Wink  Helps if you have bedroom slippers and a headlamp.  happy turtle
Ah, that explains it. Me, nekkid, probably scared the rain into the next county. I can borrow Hubby's slippers. Have to shop for the headlamp.  rock on
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/4/2016, 10:35 am

WOW! IT WORKED! You are amazing, Sand. Nice, gentle rain falling on all my babies! It must have been the headlamp that did it.  I guess I'll be playing in the house, today, but that's okay.  Cool
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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/4/2016, 11:56 am

sanderson wrote:Bump.  I looked at last year's Bump.  Hot temps followed by cooling, chance rain.  Same this year!
Sanderson, I love the idea of bumping this thread. Seems to me we could do that in New England if we don't put a year on the threads. That would be fun... to go back and look at what we did the year before in the same thread we are currently posting in.

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Post  countrynaturals on 5/4/2016, 4:42 pm

CHIVES!  cheers Remember Charlie Brown and the football? Every year I buy a new pack of chives seeds, plant them carefully, and wait. Every year, nothing happens. Sad Every year I go to Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, & Shopko and try to buy a chives plant. Every year they have noneSad Today I had to go with son-in-law to drop off his car at the shop. RIGHT NEXT DOOR WAS MY FAVORITE NURSERY.  Shocked I had forgotten all about them, but who could pass up a sign like that?  Rolling Eyes I am now the proud owner of a $2.99 4" pot of CHIVES!  sunny I should never be chivesless again.  flower

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 5/4/2016, 9:09 pm

countrynaturals wrote:CHIVES!  cheers Remember Charlie Brown and the football? Every year I buy a new pack of chives seeds, plant them carefully, and wait. Every year, nothing happens. Sad 
I'm glad I'm not the only one who has Lucy-chive problems! I bought four seed packets of chives and never got anywhere. The onions germinated, and the leeks... but the chives: NOPE. I finally got some grown chives through freecycle in late summer (and I'm incredibly relieved that they survived the winter.)
Ah, ha, ha, ha, growin' a chive, grownin' a chive. rock on
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BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:
countrynaturals wrote:CHIVES!  cheers Remember Charlie Brown and the football? Every year I buy a new pack of chives seeds, plant them carefully, and wait. Every year, nothing happens. Sad 
Ah, ha, ha, ha, growin' a chive, grownin' a chive. rock on
YES! That can be our theme song.  rofl
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/4/2016, 10:38 pm

Zukes are up!  cheers
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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 5/4/2016, 11:33 pm

I have one that will be ready to harvest tomorrow or the next day!  LOVE me some zuccs!
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audrey.jeanne.roberts wrote:I have one that will be ready to harvest tomorrow or the next day!  LOVE me some zuccs!
Already? WOW! 
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audrey.jeanne.roberts wrote:I have one that will be ready to harvest tomorrow or the next day!  LOVE me some zuccs!
I have a Sunbeam steamer, with a recipe for banana bread. I use that recipe, add some extra cinnamon, nutmeg, & ginger, and substitute shredded zucchini for the banana. I cook it out on the washing machine (outside laundry) so it doesn't heat up the house. We have homemade zucchini bread all summer.  sunny
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Post  sanderson on 5/7/2017, 1:38 pm

I am bumping this thread. Check out what we were doing in May the years before! Very Happy

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Post  countrynaturals on 5/7/2017, 4:11 pm

countrynaturals wrote:
audrey.jeanne.roberts wrote:I have one that will be ready to harvest tomorrow or the next day!  LOVE me some zuccs!
I have a Sunbeam steamer, with a recipe for banana bread. I use that recipe, add some extra cinnamon, nutmeg, & ginger, and substitute shredded zucchini for the banana. I cook it out on the washing machine (outside laundry) so it doesn't heat up the house. We have homemade zucchini bread all summer.  sunny
Now that we're on the "Eat to Live" diet, we'll be needing homemade soups all summer, so we're going to buy some kind of electric pot and turn our outdoor laundry room into a "summer kitchen." Cool
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