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May Vegetables & Herbs Calendar

List of jobs to do in the Vegetable Garden in May


May in the Vegetable Garden

Below is a list of essential jobs to do in the vegetable and herb garden in May.


Because the defaults for this website are set for the UK, as well as monthly 'jobs to do calendars', we have also included seasonal calendars, so all visitors can choose the appropriate season for their location.


You may also wish to check our resources page where you can find more detailed articles explaining how to do specific jobs such as pruning, sowing and ground preparation.



Go to:-  Main Calendars Page  |  May Fruit Calendar


See individual growing pages for details



Continue to dig and prepare the ground for sowing and planting if you haven't already done so. Leave at least a week before attempting to rake the soil to a fine tilth just before sowing seeds.


Keep an eye on the weather and protect tender crops with fleece or water when necessary


Make succession sowings of crops such as carrots and lettuce to ensure a continuous supply of crops throughout the season


Harvesting Vegetables in May

Continue harvesting asparagus, broad beans, sprouting broccoli, spring cabbage, early carrots, chard, endive, early lettuce, parsley, early peas, spinach, spring onions

Start harvesting summer radish, leaf beet


Sowing & Planting Vegetables & Herbs in May


Towards the end of May  sow:-  All types of green beans, calabrese, courgettes, marrows, pumpkin, outdoor cucumbers, late tomatoes

Under Protection Towards the end of May  sow Sweetcorn

Continue sowing:-  Beetroot, Broad Beans,   Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Summer, winter, savoy & Red Cabbage, Carrots,  Chard,  Endive,  Kale, Kohl Rabi,  Leaf Beet, Leeks, Lettuce, Mangetout, Parsnips, Peas, Maincrop Potatoes ( tubers),  Radish, Spinach  Spring Onions,  Turnips

Transplant any brassica seedlings which were sown in a seed bed to their permanent positions by the end of the month


Up to the 2nd week in May continue to sow Aubergines, Chillies, Courgettes,  Cucumber, French beans, Marrows, Peppers, Pumpkin, Squash, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes


Sowing & Planting Herbs  in May


Plant shop bought container plants outdoors provided they are hardy varieties

Continue to sow Borage, Chervil, Chives, Coriander, Dill, Parsley

Indoors or in heated greenhouse

Continue to sow Basil, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme


Care and Protecting Vegetables & Herbs in May

Towards the end of May, when all danger of frost has passed, start hardening off indoor raised seedlings ready for planting in their permanent positions by the end of the month

Water plots, beds and containers in dry weather

Start staking plants such as peas when they are about 12cm/5"  tall

If slugs and snails are a problem apply a slug killer to the soil as early as possible. This may have to be re-applied especially after rain.

Continue to thin  seedlings (see individual growing pages for spacing)

Start earthing up potatoes

Remove protective coverings on all early sown plants by the middle of the month


Buying Vegetables and Herbs in May

Buy shop raised vegetable and herb plants in mid May. 

Pests and Diseases

Companion Plants

See Individual growing pages

See Individual growing pages

In the Kitchen



Whilst there is general storing, preparation and cooking information on the individual growing pages, for lots more cooking, storing and preserving  information and recipes visit our sister site www.recipes4us.co.uk




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