By the month of June, our gardens are really starting to bloom and all the hard work done last spring starts to show! But crops are still growing, insects are still feasting and, despite the heat and humidity, this is not the time to rest. So start (or refuel) your gardening engines with these few tasks.
- Work around the humidity (early am, late afternoon / evening).
- Keep new plants well watered.
- Check your mulch.
- Side dress with compost or manure or feed with fish emulsion, for mid-season pick-up.
- Check foliage for signs of nutrient deficiency.
- Give the compost a turn.
- Give your houseplants a summer vacation outdoors.
- Make sure the birds have fresh water.
- Stop harvesting asparagus and rhubarb.
- Replace cool season flowers, like pansies, and crops, like spinach, that have bolted with the heat.
- Get any remaining warm season vegetables in the ground.
- Keep up blanching of celery, cauliflower and tender greens.
- Plant a new batch of bush beans every couple of weeks.
- Keep tomato plants staked as they grow. Pinch out suckers.
- Put a couple of drops of mineral oil on corn silks within a week after they appear, to prevent corn earworm.
- Be prepared for June drop of fruit from fruit trees. They’re just thinning out to a manageable crop size. Clean up any fallen fruit.
- Protect ripening berries with nets or row covers.
Trees & Shrubs
- If you want to prune or shear your evergreens, do so as soon as the new growth starts to turn a darker green. Once the wisteria finishes blooming, you can do a maintenance pruning to keep it in check.
- Summer is for insects. Be vigilant!
- Keep watch for 4-lined plant bug damage, especially on the mint family
- Japanese Beetles – They’re back!