Here are a some great options for your May planting list:
Berries, Beans, Beets, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Leeks, Melons, Onions (short- and medium-day), Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radish, Scallions, Malabar Spinach, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Winter Squash
Herbs*: Arugula, Basil (start seeds), Chives, Dill, Fennel, Ginger, Lavender, Mint, Nasturtium, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Seasoning Celery, Summer Savory, Sweet Marjoram, Tarragon, Thyme, Turmeric
Here are a some great companion plants for your May planting list:
Alyssum, Asters, Bachelor Buttons, Borage, Calendula, Cosmos, Echinacea, Hyssop, Marigolds, Nasturtium, Poppies, Salvia, Scabiosas, Stock, Strawflowers, Sunflowers, Zinnias
Companion planting is a very old-world, organic gardening method rooted in creating a diverse ecosystem of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers grown int he same space. As a result of inter-planting, you’ll create a more habitable environment for plants, improve soil health, and reduce the resources needed to grow sustainable amounts of produce.
Consider inter-planting some herbs with your fruits and vegetables this year to attract more pollinators and help keep pesky bugs at bay.
With a long and tenured history, the practice of companion planning was primarily practiced by home gardeners who weren’t driven solely by efficient outputs. However, as the impact of climate change grows and concerns over the use of pesticides for health increase, more and more gardeners (both home and commercial) are starting to implement the practice of companion planting.