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May Gardening Tips for a Bumper Vegetable Harvest: Potting Up, Transplanting, and Planting Out

by Gregory
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May Gardening Tips for a Bumper Vegetable Harvest


May is a busy month in the vegetable garden. With the warm weather and longer days, many young plants are ready to be transplanted to their final growing spots. In this article, we’ll provide you with Monty’s top tips for getting a bumper crop of tomatoes and other vegetables, including how to pot them up and transplant them successfully.

Potting Up Tomatoes

Tomatoes sown in early spring should be growing strongly by now. To pot them up, carefully remove them from their seed trays and plant them in individual pots filled with fresh potting mix. Support the plants with canes or stakes as they grow, and pinch out the side shoots to encourage fruit production.

Transplanting Vegetables

Seed beds are a great way to start many types of vegetables, including brassicas like cabbages and broccoli. Once the seedlings have developed a few sets of true leaves, they are ready to be transplanted into the main beds. Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the root ball, and gently firm the soil around the base of the plant. Water well after transplanting.

Planting Out Courgettes

Courgettes are tender vegetables that should be planted out towards the end of May. Choose a sunny spot in your garden and prepare the soil by adding plenty of organic matter. Plant the courgette plants 1-2 feet apart, and water them well after planting.

Additional May Gardening Tips

  • Get growing edibles in May: May is a great time to plant a variety of vegetables, including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, beans, and squash.
  • Allotment jobs for May: If you have an allotment, there are plenty of jobs to keep you busy in May, such as weeding, watering, and feeding your plants.
  • Space-saving veg to grow: If you’re short on space, there are plenty of vegetables that can be grown vertically or in containers, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and strawberries.
  • Low-maintenance veg to grow: Not all vegetables require a lot of attention. Some low-maintenance vegetables include spinach, lettuce, and radishes.


With a little planning and care, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of fresh vegetables from your garden this summer. By following Monty’s tips for potting up tomatoes, transplanting vegetables, and planting out courgettes, you can maximize your yield and enjoy delicious, homegrown produce all season long.

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