What to Plant in May in Columbus, Ohio

tomatoes growing in the garden

Tomatoes, and peppers, and squash, oh my!

May starts the warm planting season here in Columbus, Ohio. By this point you should have already planted all of your cool season crops like spinach, lettuce, kale, and peas. If you haven’t yet planted these, its probably a good idea to put the seeds aside until fall.

Once the threat of frost has passed and the temperatures start to rise it is time to start planting warm season crops. These are vegetables that prefer warm temps and will thrive in the heat.

Here is what to plant in May in Columbus, Ohio

  1. Tomatoes
  2. Peppers
  3. Eggplant
  4. Cucumber
  5. Corn
  6. Beans
  7. Zucchini
  8. Sweet Potato
  9. Winter squash
  10. Herbs like thyme, basil, oregano, and tarragon

Here are a few tips for planting these veggies

Plants vs. seeds

All of these items can be planted by seed and directly sown in the garden in May. So, if you weren’t able to start your seeds indoors this year, you can just pop those seeds directly in the garden.

If starting everything by seed feels intimidating then try a combination of seeds and plants. Tomatoes, peppers, and herbs are great to start as plants because they are readily available at farmer’s markets and nurseries. Vegetables like cucumbers, beans, and squash do well started by seed.

Check for pests

Warm season crops can be more prone to pests than other crops so its a good idea to check your plants regularly for pests and pest damage. The earlier you catch a pest issue, the easier it is to deal with. Pests like to hide and lay eggs on the undersides of leaves and plant stems, so check those areas often.

Water well until established

Seeds need moisture in order to germinate so water the soil often after planting. Once the plants are established you can switch over to watering more deeply, less often.

Now you are ready to make your warm season planting list and get out to your garden and get growing. Click here for my Columbus Monthly Planting Calendar for a list of what you can grow all season long in Columbus garden.

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