What To Do in the Garden in May: Zone 6

What To Do in the Garden in May: Zone 6

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In the midst of all that planting, don’t forget the other important tasks in the May garden! I share what to do in the garden in May to ensure success for the entire growing season.

In this video I share what I do in the garden in the month of May in my Zone 6, Ohio garden.
Also, be sure to check out what I’m planting during the month of May in this video:

Related Videos:
Early May Garden Tour: https://youtu.be/AIyWXkRI3gM
What I Plant in May: https://youtu.be/CdeSDl_XLAA
How & Why To Thin Carrots: https://youtu.be/svHj9lVMwB8
Natural Weed Control: https://youtu.be/gqgJQvwy2aM
Cattle Panel Trellises– for Tomatoes: https://youtu.be/syAnE7uwgSE
for Cucumbers: https://youtu.be/8yeuGoMLWbA
Upgrading Tomato Seedlings: https://youtu.be/PWB_dNZlkQw

00:00 Intro
03:14 Task #1– The most important AND easiest– being present in the garden
10:23 Easy Protection From Pests
12:32 Task #2- Fertilizing/Thinning
13:40 Task #3- Spot Weeding
13:56 Task #4- Mulching
14:54 Task #5- Supports/Trellises
17:24 Task #6- Harvesting
17:53 Task #7- Hardening Off/ Potting Up

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50 Comments

  1. Jason Car on July 31, 2022 at 11:54 pm

    My dog will eat tomatoes off the vine. Not sure about cucumbers likes yours though. I have a lot of transplants that I put in containers but I’m still working on assembling my raised beds. Just lazy and not a lot of time. How about coming to Alabama and helping me out?

  2. Bookvoll Gardens on July 31, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    Another wonderful video! You’re right that the most important thing is to be present in the garden. We do several daily walk-throughs even if there are no pressing tasks to be done. Not only does this help us catch things before they become a problem, but being in the garden is a balm for the soul. Plus, this time of year we’re on constant bunny patrol. We’ve already relocated a few families – hoping to minimize the damage this year!

  3. T Cataractagenitus on July 31, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    you’re very helpful

  4. Mona V on August 1, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Great video Jenna! We sure have to try to be present everyday in the garden to monitor and care for all our hard work. After watching your video, I found a rabbit nest in my leaf mulch and a suspicious hole freshly dug in my onion bed. Thank you for sharing what you do to inspire others .

  5. JC on August 1, 2022 at 12:03 am

    I literally have that exact hat! Haha good choice

  6. Tony Renaldi on August 1, 2022 at 12:03 am

    I’m in Connecticut (Zone 6B) and my rhubarb has only sent up a few tiny leaves!?! How are you harvesting yours already? 😢

  7. Lana Hundley on August 1, 2022 at 12:04 am

    Love all the info I get from your videos!! Thank you for all you do that we get the benefit from.

  8. OH SOW LOCLE on August 1, 2022 at 12:04 am

    I’m loving this weather! It’s perfect for getting the garden ready. ❤

  9. John Carey on August 1, 2022 at 12:04 am

    I subscribed because you didn’t ask me to. It is obvious that you have a profound knowledge of your subject You don’t read a script You speak from just knowing.

  10. Geoff Outdoors on August 1, 2022 at 12:06 am

    Just started putting in my tomatoes today here in our Ohio Amish country 🙂 plenty to do here in May busy busy busy!

  11. Randy Fitzwater on August 1, 2022 at 12:06 am

    I call it my morning coffee walk. Then after work its my beer walk.

  12. Donald Smith on August 1, 2022 at 12:07 am

    I don’t want to watch a commercial

  13. spider antz secret garden on August 1, 2022 at 12:08 am

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    🕷🐜🐜🐜z swinging by and saying thanks for the content always a pleasure to show support with a comment to your content

  14. Matthew Kurt on August 1, 2022 at 12:09 am

    I’ve got security cameras set up on my fencing around my garden to be able to positively identify the critters interested in my vegetables instead of guessing what might be doing any nibbling. I have even seen birds eating in my garden, so I have stretched deer netting across the 8 foot t posts surrounding the garden. Last year I had birds eat half of my corn. Now all sides of my garden are fenced with 1/2 inch hardware cloth and totally covered with deer netting. The netting is 7 feet above the ground so I can still easily walk around in the garden. I have plastic bottles on top of each post to prevent the netting from ripping. I’ve had chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits, skunks, possums, cats, birds, foxes, etc in my garden last year. The cameras really allowed me to see how serious the critter problem was. About the only thing that can get in my garden now is pollinators.
    Once things dry up a little (for a change), I think your stunted broccoli will recover. My garden is on a slope and I’ve eventually learned to plant my water hungry vegetables on the lower end of the slope.

  15. Noelle W. on August 1, 2022 at 12:09 am

    I watched this video today over my lunch hour, came home this evening to water my plants in my new greenstalk garden…and found a bird had removed a dead strawberry plant and started building a nest in the pocket of the planter! It was still under construction, and there are trees just a few feet away in my yard. So I evicted her. I refilled the pocket with dirt and put a lawn decoration on it for now. That’s some serious bird nerve.

  16. Martina Schoppe on August 1, 2022 at 12:11 am

    You forgot "just go and SIT in the garden and admire it and watch all the bees, birds, butterflies etc having a blast in the garden!" 🙃😉

  17. Richard Wright on August 1, 2022 at 12:13 am

    Good Saturday Mornin’  Everyone!!!!! Got  taters in the bucket. Ask any farmer. With all the TV commercials showing people with their freshly laundered clothing shoved in their faces inhaling them as if fresh fabric were some kind of intoxicant, and dancing around their washers and dryers, we’ve lost sight of the importance of the soil. My favorite method of maintaining a sustainable pantry and stockpiling items long term for the whole family and the family dog and the family cat is what I consider to be the most practical, utilizing every type of food storage methods and technology available, both old and new. . Except for the fruits and vegetables that get canned, I keep perishable items like meat, poultry, fish, fruit, vegetables and dairy products in the refrigerator on a short term basis until I’m ready to use them for a big family meal – and for even longer term sustainable storage, a large separate freezer, which can store a half side of beef with plenty of room left over for homemade ice cream etc. . I’m considering upgrading to a walk-in freezer at some point.in the near future, if my plans to open a bed and breakfast come to fruition. Sometimes, however a nice round of cheese can do well for quite awhile on a pantry shelf at room temperature – and doesn’t mind even if it has to stand there alone.😁 Store bought canned goods get shelves.in the large pantry closet – several for canned meat like corned beef hash, spam and sandwich spread and another for canned vegetables Bread, rolls, grains, homemade pasta, cereals and the like are stored in special humidity controlled bins I order from Amazon Prime – which usually get delivered to my doorstep about an hour after I order them. . Stuff from the family garden and orchard, like onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, cauliflower, cucumber, pumpkins, carrots, corn celery,, potatoes and yams, cherries, blueberries and strawberries get canned in Mason Jars and stored in the cool, root cellar of this wonderful rambling former farmhouse (circa 1867) I share with my extended blended family and several rambunctious dogs raised on table scraps from the some of the finest food from a plethora of sources both commercial and home based. . There’s even a special separate "summer kitchen" which I converted to store butter and ice cream churns, pots, pans, utensils, extra storage containers, foil, bags, cutlery, and other meal related accoutrement. Out back in the woods, just beyond the big pile of wood I maintain all year, (for use in an antique woodstove I keep on hand, in case the power goes out) there’s even an old rusting vintage still where my great grandfather made some of the finest corn whiskey for miles. Next to it is the rusting hulk of the Ford Model A he used to transport that powerful hootch by the light of the moon on soft summer nights to his eager customers in a tri-county area. Further into this verdant forest of mostly sycamore, oak, pine and scrub, runs a cool stream into which I occasionally cast a rod or net to catch some Brook Trout, Bluntnose Shiners, or whatever takes the bait (just earthworms for the most part). And yes, hunting season means wild turkey, deer, and even an occasional wild boar. Next week, I’m planning on filing for a permit to 3-D print a smokehouse in order to be able to create gourmet artisan handcrafted, beef, bacon, turkey, and beef stick jerky, which interested local merchants can private label for other people to share with their families and their family dogs. Unfortunately, i had to break the bad news to my free range hens today that due to expected egg shortages regretfully numbered are their days of laying a couple of eggs and then basically taking the rest of the day off with ranging privileges’ within the parameters of a few very nice rural acres – parts of which are rich with fat grubworms. There’s even a short dirt road between the main barn and the farmhouse which they’re free to cross to get to the other side as often as they’d like. My rooster Ben overheard me and he ain’t too happy either, knowing full well that due to oncoming egg shortages, he’ll be "workin’ overtime to make sure there’s plenty of eggs for me an the family. 😊

  18. L C on August 1, 2022 at 12:13 am

    You have beautiful skin especially for someone who is outside in the sun so much!

  19. Susan Simpson on August 1, 2022 at 12:14 am

    Thank you Jen for your very informative videos!

  20. Johanne’s Junk Journal Life on August 1, 2022 at 12:14 am

    I used straw last year for mulch and after the rain it got moldy. So not using it!!!

  21. Aaron on August 1, 2022 at 12:15 am

    I suspect that your straw mulched pathways exacerbate the slug problem. If I remember right, Dowding warned specifically of slugs and straw mulch. He’s got to be very careful since he’s in slug heaven in the uk. Anyways, you seem very experienced…maybe you already know.

    Also, I appreciate seeing the pest damage. Makes me feel like I’m not the only one 😉

  22. Wout Moerman on August 1, 2022 at 12:16 am

    May is indeed a very busy month. And I’m having a 3 week holiday in Italy. My 2 boys are at home but there is only so much they can do to keep everything alive. I’m having a great time here, but I also feel a bit guilty. I’ll see how the garden is in 1 week, can’t wait!

  23. Keith Thai on August 1, 2022 at 12:17 am

    Hi Jenna, how can we sponsor a video and send you a metal raised bed to review?

  24. blu gardens on August 1, 2022 at 12:18 am

    A commercial? Come on

  25. Brian Seybert on August 1, 2022 at 12:19 am

    Just put my potatoes, onions and leeks in the ground the last few days, I am about a month behind from last year, oh well. Planted my celery bed last week and will have to replant and cover most of the bed because of the squirrels have been digging.
    Goofy spring, a week ago we were barely in the 50’s and this week we have been in the 80’s. Today we are hitting 90.
    I had to build a tent of shade cloth to try and get my seedlings hardened off. Lost a few trying to move them from sun to shade.
    May is definitely a busy month in the garden.
    Look forward to your videos.

  26. Francesca on August 1, 2022 at 12:20 am

    Thank you for the helpful tips! I just found grubs in my soil, do you have any tips for those types of pests?

  27. Christian Botello on August 1, 2022 at 12:23 am

    I love the sound of nature. 🎧

  28. kdiggs on August 1, 2022 at 12:25 am

    So glad I found your channel. We’re also gardening in an Ohio clay heavy soil. Its taken me a while to realize the importance of watching those in the same soil/zone for plant advice.

  29. Reality on August 1, 2022 at 12:25 am

    zone 6 FTW!!!! 😉

  30. Jw Stanley on August 1, 2022 at 12:25 am

    Great video. Thanks. One thing I would almost always say is that no one simple method fits all difficulties or problems. Likewise, there is no substitute for your wonderful method of getting up and getting out to walk through the garden and look around, watch and listen to what’s going on. Yes, May can be the busiest month, especially for gardeners in your area, where danger of frost passes on May 1. That said, I try to make sure that the more I can do before May is done before the danger passes. This begins with digging any new beds, repairing fences and such, anything where the danger of frost will have no impact. Also, in safe areas where I can start seedlings away from danger of frost is where I do more in March and April. Your methods of starting seedlings indoors, in green house areas, etc, is good. With larger plants, I start with larger seed starter containers, but not with tomatoes. It can be a pain to upsize these pots, but doing so, one can replant deeper each time, which greatly helps with summer production/yield. One more thing I do, which you might find sounds much more gross than it is. In March, April, and May, I keep a bottle in the bathroom, into which I pee. I dilute the urine one part to two parts water and spray it outside the garden. This imparts a human scent in the area, which discourages other mammals from coming close, unless they are hungry enough to take the risk. Diluted urine in small amounts does not create such an odor as to be as distasteful as one might think. Thanks for the video, Also, like Cbass below writes, it is great to have a Zone-Specific discussion. Have a great day and a great garden.

  31. Pickles0711 on August 1, 2022 at 12:25 am

    Pillbugs are a-holes to my seedlings and transplants. My fur baby loves to help me dig and eat our carrots too. Happy gardening

  32. HOLISTIC HERITAGE HOMESTEAD on August 1, 2022 at 12:26 am

    A great video in many ways. You gave me some ideas to protect our new food forest we started. Grass clippings are great. We are in 6b. I need to get some cattle panels. Thank you.

  33. Jender Arevalo on August 1, 2022 at 12:30 am

    Cool ❤

  34. Mary Ann DiTullio on August 1, 2022 at 12:36 am

    Enjoyed your video! You went over 😮some 🎉very important things to do in May. Thanks for bringing us along! 💕

  35. Christopher O'Connor on August 1, 2022 at 12:36 am

    I used your tin foil trick with my windowsill planter (which I made with the bottom of a milk bottle and some toilet tubes cut in half) and they have just started sprouting, thanks for that tip.
    I’ve also grabbed some spare branches around our yard (some I cut recently in a tidy up) and made myself some "woven" raised garden beds.
    https://youtu.be/81GndMUD2eU
    Lastly… GrowVeg recommends beer traps for slugs… it looks like it’s basically just a small container with some beer in it and apparently the slugs will drown in it.

  36. Jessica Proulx on August 1, 2022 at 12:36 am

    Great info, thank you!!

  37. Nicolas Derome on August 1, 2022 at 12:38 am

    I often walk around the garden first thing when I wake up. Sometimes before breakfast, before checking my phone, before going to the washroom, in my pajamas. 😛

    I don’t notice the decrease in critters when I’m out in the summer though. They seem pretty dormant in winter here, then I see them a bit in March-April, and now that it’s May I’m starting to see them quite a lot.

  38. Cyndi's Green Oasis on August 1, 2022 at 12:41 am

    Where do you get the wire for your hoops

  39. Pete Bowen on August 1, 2022 at 12:41 am

    I’m here with you in Southern Ohio (Scioto County) but getting a late start! Ughhhh!!! 5 raised beds I need to get filled and planted but I already planted 4 fruit trees. Will be following your channel for all the updates! Great content!!

  40. CHARLES KADISH on August 1, 2022 at 12:43 am

    Thank you for giving us your growing zone. It is very helpful!!!

  41. Lisa Carbery on August 1, 2022 at 12:43 am

    Thank you. I am from Michigan.

  42. X VSJ on August 1, 2022 at 12:44 am

    Fabulous Tips !!! Thank you for sharing 💪

  43. Lois Meyer on August 1, 2022 at 12:44 am

    Jenna – which video shows different fencing? Thanks

  44. Sacred Roots🪴Homestead on August 1, 2022 at 12:44 am

    Love your video , very thorough information

  45. Krystal Gayle on August 1, 2022 at 12:45 am

    I like to visit the garden in the morning as well. I saw a chipmunk in action eating my recently sown sunflower seeds which I always blamed the squirrels. I saw your yarrow patch, they surely do takeover.😊

  46. 7bPotager on August 1, 2022 at 12:47 am

    Adorable security 😍

  47. Robert on August 1, 2022 at 12:47 am

    Dog food is insanely expensive. I’m zone 6 also and planted potatoes in containers 26 of the 30 Gallon container first timer here . Can’t wait to see my investment results in 2. 1/2 more months from now

  48. Ron Jones on August 1, 2022 at 12:48 am

    Another great video! One quick question, where do you get your garden crop markers?

  49. Master Technician on August 1, 2022 at 12:51 am

    Absolutely wonderful video. Thank you Jenna

  50. Alekart on August 1, 2022 at 12:52 am

    What size cattle panel and t posts do you use for the arches?

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