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Seasonal Advice for May: Recipes, Gardening, Folklore

The arrival of May 2015 brings with it many springtime traditions and celebrations to honor the phenomenal growth in the garden and the warming of the sun. See our tips!

The glittering leaves of the rhododendrons
Balance and vibrate in the cool air;
While in the sky above them
White clouds chase each other.
—John Gould Fletcher (1886-1950)

Calendar

May is named for the Roman goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants.

May 1 is May Day. Mark the return of spring by bringing in branches of forsythia or lilacs or other flowering shrubs from your region.

Cinco de Mayo ("The Fifth of May") celebrates the victory of the Mexicans over the French army at The Battle of Puebla in 1862.

This year (2015), Mother's Day falls on Sunday, May 10.  Learn about the history of Mother's Day.

Memorial Day (Monday, May 25) is a poignant reminder of the tenacity of life. We post the flag on this day; know your American flag rules.

Recipes for the Season

Try some of these recipes that feature the first crops of the season:
Asparagus Salad with Peas and Toasted Almonds
Spinach Lasagna
Rhubarb Pie

See more on our "Seasonal Cooking: Spring Recipes" page!

Cook with more vegetables and fruit.  Look inside Cooking Fresh With The Old Farmer's Almanac!

Gardening

See our free vegetable, herb, and fruit plant guides for tips on planting, growing, and harvesting your most popular crops.

In May, enjoy new life! Attract hummingbirds to your garden. See our list of plants that attract hummingbirds.

Celebrate a new season of flowers by planting window boxes!

This is also the time when moles start coming out. See our page on how to control moles.

Enjoy our weekly Gardening Blog for timely gardening advice!

Everyday Advice

The wedding season is almost upon us. Find out wedding weather, sunset times, folklore, and more on our Wedding Planner page.

Don't get stressed! We've got Stress and Anxiety Remedies to help provide relief.

Spring cleaning? See homemade cleaning remedies and other tips to help you around the home.

Astronomy

Try star gazing in May with our new sky maps!

See Sky Watch for May and navigate the night sky from your own backyard.

In 2015, the full Flower Moon rises May 3. See May's Moon Guide.

Folklore for the Season

  • A cold, wet May means a barn full of hay.
  • Set sage in May and it will grow always.
  • A windy May makes a fair year.
  • A snowstorm in May is worth a wagon-load of hay.

 

Comments

I forgot to mention above,

By Kelli McGinley

I forgot to mention above, that I container garden and I will be planting most of the herbs mentioned above today 5-19-15. I also have a Dwarf Myers Lemon & Cocktail Lime tree from a Nursery that had them planted together, they said they would be fine in the pot and grow fine together, and said they would grow to the size pot they are transplanted in. I have them in an 11" pot as that is what the nursery had them in to grow. I received them both in a 7" or 8" pot. Anyway I have been finding snail trails in the dirt and my little baby Meyers lemons and Limes have been turning yellow and falling off as well. Are the fruits turning yellow and falling off because of Snails or Slugs? And if so can I plant a rosemary herb in with them? I put the Rosemary herb in it's Biodegradable pot setting in the pot with the Myer Lemon & Lime and have seen no snail trails since, I know they do not like Rosemary it is a good snail and slug repellent,what do you think will the Rosemary choke out my Dwarf trees or grow to size with them in the pot?

Is it a good idea to plant

By Kelli McGinley

Is it a good idea to plant Fennel with Celosia in the same container, or will I have Hornworms and other pests eating my Celosia, I seen that Fennel repels Spider mites which are a problem or can be for Celosia. I am trying to keep my Celosia pest free as well would like to keep my Mint Plants,and other herbs pest free so far I have Chocolate mint, Peppermint, Orange Mint, Mojito mint, Spearmint. I also and would like to keep pest free,Pineapple sage, Thyme, Dill, Lavender, Rosemary and other herbs. Can you tell me what herbs are good to plant with others to keep them pest free as well as with the Celosia, to keep them all pest free and growing in harmony,Please....Thank you

Help! My mint and basil are

By Nancy McCleary

Help! My mint and basil are being eaten alive by something I cannot see or find or seem to be able to get rid of! Basil leaves are dropping to the ground ...whole. Mint leaves have holes chewed in them til they just a skeleton! I'm desperate!

Since you mention both mint

By Almanac Staff

Since you mention both mint and basil, it sounds as if you have a caterpillar. In the early evening, go outside and look for green caterpillars under the leaves or along the stems. Try a caterpillar insecticide with Bt (Dipel). See your local garden store. Spray in the evening and it should take care of them. Hope they make a comeback.

does any one know how to dry

By briddog501

does any one know how to dry sage for keeping or storge?

Tie it in bundles and hang

By catriona

Tie it in bundles and hang upside down for a few days. Should be ready to use in about 3 days. Keep stems on for making smudge sticks, or strip leaves off and pack in mason jars for culinary use. Stays pungent for years in a good sealed jar.

Hi there, check out our sage

By Almanac Staff

Hi there, check out our sage page for growing, care, and storage tips! http://www.almanac.com/plant/sage

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