The arrival of May 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)
May is named for the Roman goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants.
Cinco de Mayo ("The Fifth of May") celebrates the victory of the Mexicans over the French army at The Battle of Puebla in 1862.
See more on our "Seasonal Cooking: Spring Recipes" page!
Cook with more vegetables and fruit! See great recipes on our Garden-Fresh Cookbook page.
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!
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.
See Sky Watch for May and navigate the night sky from your own backyard.
The full Flower Moon is on May 25 this year. 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.