To those who live in other regions, May seems very late for the coming of spring and it is. But May in the North is a matchless month. The weather is ideal and nature is in a bewitching renaissance. This has a tantalizing effect upon the gardener who has waited so long to get started again.
There is practically nothing in the line of gardening, lawn making and landscaping that cannot be done now. Even the planting of tulips, hyacinths, hardy narcissus and other spring flowering bulbs can be done now. This will be on a very limited scale, of course, using the potted bulbs that have been in cold storage producing roots without tops during the winter.
These bulbs, offered by some nurseries and florists, appeal to those who failed to get bulbs in the ground last fall and who will not be happy without some of them in the flower garden this spring.
The preparation of garden beds is in progress early in May if it was not done in April. In some parts of the North spring comes very late, making it necessary to postpone preparations. All dormant, woody plants, trees, shrubs and vines can and should be planted this month. Evergreens, too. can be planted up to the time they start to grow which is about mid-May for all varieties. It is especially desirable to get spruces, firs and pines planted before last years buds start to sprout. Risk of injury is great after they start to grow. The planting season for dormant deciduous trees and shrubs extends over a much longer period of time, through all of May and into June.
In the southern part of our area seeds of garden flowers may be sown early in May but safe dates are later as you go northward. A late frost will nullify any advantages expected from seeds sown too early. Seedling plants (commercially referred to as transplants”) may be set out when it is safe to sow flowers of the south seeds. Window box plants, bedding plants, geraniums, callas, caladiums and tuberous begonias should not be put outdoors , until the last week of May, and later in the extreme north.
Cutworms no longer are the dreaded destroyers of seedlings that they were in the past. Using an organic product like Neem oil as an insecticide on the ground right after preparing the soil for seeding or planting will control this common pest. Postpone seeding or planting a day or two after applying the insecticide. Repeated dusting will be necessary after a good rain and while the plants are very young and susceptible to attack.
An important point in the care of tulips during the blooming season is to remove the flowers as soon as they have faded before the petals shatter and fall to the ground. This is done for several reasons; one is because a spent bloom is unattractive. Another is because petals that fall to the ground may be a source of disease. Finally, the plants should not be permitted to go to seed because seed production uses food which otherwise could be stored in the bulb where it is needed for continued life and future flower production.
Follow The Right Diet Plan For Your Body
Anyone can lose weight if they are committed to doing so, but it's made so much easier if you are aware of effective strategies on losing weight safely and for the long-term. There are many ways to lose weight, but it's important to do so in a way that is easy for you to stick with. Here are some canny tips that we are sure will be invaluable to you.
Drinking water is essential to losing weight and becoming healthy, but it's hard to drink enough each day. Carry a water bottle, either disposable or refillable, with you every where you go and you can take a sip of water whenever you feel thirsty or feel the first pangs of hunger.
You can consume less calories, and lose more weight, if you take the time to cut up your food. Portion control is difficult for most people, so take a food that contains a large amount of calories (like chocolate) and cut it into smaller portions. You can still eat what you like, but by only consuming a small amount of the food, you will not gain as much weight.
If you're having trouble losing weight, try using some fitness DVDs to give you a structured weight loss routine. Jillian Michaels has some great, proven DVDs that with a little work each day, can have you achieving your dream body in only a few weeks. If you can't afford a fitness DVD try following some fitness videos on YouTube.
Make sure you are getting some exercise while you are on your diet plan. Exercise in any form is great for helping you to lose those excess pounds. You don't have to have a gym membership to workout either. You can run, do sit ups and push ups and that will help you in your weight loss efforts. Walking is also another great way to help you lose weight. Try and stay active, get your body in motion to lose the weight.
Work out for weight loss by not working out. A lot of people freeze and give up when they realize that for true sustained weight loss you need to start exercising. Trick your brain into going along with your exercise by not calling it that. Stay away from the gym and get your "work out" in by washing your car, riding a bike, going on a hike, or any of a million other activities that are exercise without being "exercise".
Stay away from foods that you have trouble stopping at one serving. If you cannot stop eating chips then you should not buy a bag and try to eat one serving. Most likely you will give into temptation. Buy something else that is crunchy but is lower in fat and calories.
Dining out presents a challenge for people trying to lose weight. Even with more healthy options available, restaurant portion sizes are still far too large. One incredibly simple way to control what you're eating is to order your dinner, and ask the server to box half of it up when they bring it to the table. You'll be eating half as much food right off the bat, and can bring home the rest for another meal.
Red pepper flakes are wonderful to use when trying to lose weight. If you eat them early on in the day, it will actually help you to lower the amount of food you eat. You can put some on eggs for breakfast, or use them anyway you would like to.
If you are a potato chip lover like so many of us are, these can really hurt your diet. Try baking some apples instead. The baked apples will give you that crunch that a potato chip will, but offer you the nutrition of eating an apple. Finding healthy alternatives to your favorite foods will boost your weight loss.
There is some very useful advice there, and some of it may even be new to you. What's important however, is to give it time. None of these tips will give you quick results, nor should you want them to. Putting the weight on took a long time, and losing it over a long period is a safer, and more realistic way to go about it. When you don't see results it can be difficult to keep going on the weight loss journey, but if you have committed yourself to accomplishing your weight loss goal, you are unstoppable.