So, we have all been stuck at home because of the Coronavirus and we are ready to get outside. No matter what it is we are doing. Even if you have never planted a garden, you may be thinking that it is a great idea. I mean, what else can you do when you have to stay in your yard or indoors? Well, you could go somewhere but you would have to wear a mask and that is no fun. So, what is it you want to plant? It does not matter what zone you live in or whether your yard gets sun, shade, or both. You can plant something that will grow in any yard. Actually, you don’t even need a yard. You can use a planter or a planter box. Really, you can use anything as long as it is not toxic. Here are some ideas.

unique wall planters

Be Creative

Plant whatever you want in a unique container. How about a basket? Yeah, that may be too boring. Maybe a lampshade? That would be interesting. A cat litter box? As long as the cats don’t have access to it. An old shoe would be perfect for a small plant. Or a boot for one that needs more room. If you have any old toys laying around, some of them may make interesting planters. An old dump truck. Perfect. An old wagon. Even better. How about an old toy boat? Or a real boat. I have even seen a garden built in an old Volkswagen. I believe that belonged to my realtor and friend, Teresa Hilliard. An old bathtub would be cool too. Be creative. And share your ideas in the comment section.

raised bed garden

What if I Want a Whole Garden?

But if you want to plant a larger garden, and you have a yard with some space, you can plant all kinds of things. Since I live in the Missouri Ozarks, I am in zone six so I am going to write about what can be planted in my zone. And since it is May, now is the perfect time to start planting a garden. Are you planning on doing vegetables, fruits, or flowers? Or you could do all three. Here are some vegetables to plant in May if you live in zone six:

  1. Broccoli
  2. Cauliflower
  3. Cabbage
  4. Fennel
  5. Peas
  6. Beans
  7. Corn
  8. Lettuce
  9. Brussel sprouts
  10. Celery

How about some fruit?

  1. Honeydew melons
  2. Cantaloupes
  3. Raspberries
  4. Strawberries
  5. Watermelons
  6. Pumpkins
  7. Cucumbers
  8. Squash
  9. Eggplants
  10. Peppers

And flowers to plant in May:

  1. Sunflowers
  2. Marigolds
  3. Zinnias
  4. Pansies
  5. Cosmos
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Alyssum
  8. Petunias
  9. Impatiens
  10. Calendulas

hand placing seeds in the ground

Seeds, Seedlings, Annuals, or Perennials

Keep in mind, these are all planted from seeds, not seedlings. You can plant these as seedlings, but it is best to wait until June or July for some of them. In a few weeks, you can probably go into a garden store and buy a few trays of impatiens, petunias, and marigolds that are already blooming and put them in your garden and be done. That’s it. Garden full of vibrant colors to enjoy for a few months. Sounds easy, right? Well, it is. But since these are annuals, you will have to plant them again next year. If you want plants that come back every year, you have to plant perennials. Some of these include daylilies, hibiscus, dianthus, tulips, and roses.

very old tree with branches supported

Too Much Shade

If your yard is shady and you absolutely cannot cut down or trim the trees blocking the sun, don’t worry. There are plenty of things you can plant in your garden that will grow in the shade. In fact, some plants grow better in the shade than in the sun. Flowers to grow in the shade are impatiens, fuchsia, begonias, and alyssum. Vegetables and fruits that have flowers like squash, peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers are fine in the shade. Potatoes, carrots, and beets will do okay with shade as well. But the ones that do the best in shade include salad greens, spinach, and chard. You can try garlic, celery, cabbage, broccoli, and brussels sprouts, but these may not flourish as much as the others.

sunny field with lake

Too Much Sun

Is there such a thing as too much sun? Stand out there in the sun all day and see what you think. Actually, there are many plants that do very well in full sun. If you are not sure what full sun is, it means at least six hours of bright sun per day. Some of the best flowers to plant in full sun include the geranium, marigold, zinnia, sunflower (duh), salvia, and the petunia. Some of the vegetables and fruits include corn, eggplants, cantaloupes, watermelon, and peas. But make sure these get regular water. Unlike the others, those in full sun will dry up and die if you don’t give them some water once a day. Just use your common sense. And if that doesn’t work, check out the guides here on Dave’s Garden. There is a ton of info on what to plant and where to plant it on Dave’s Garden, and the advice is given by people who actually know what they are talking about. Check it out.