June Gardening Calendar - Garden Fun!

Do you have your Beans, Tomatoes, Peppers and Herbs in the Garden yet? We’re are finally free and clear of frost, so don’t delay.  The lush greenness of spring has other species feeling hungry, too, so read on for tips on how to keep the critters at bay so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor. Here are some other tips for what to think about doing and not doing in the yard during June.

This month Outdoors

Bob the Builder

Check out this Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/mendongreen/mgh-veggie-garden-ideas/for great ways to support your Tomatoes, Cukes, Beans, and flowering vines.  Your vegetables will be able to produce more if given adequate support. It is much easier to have these in place as the plant grows, rather than trying to wrangle them into something later.  Reminds me of trying to wear skinny jeans!

To spray or not to spray?

There always seems to be a new miracle product on the market to cure our garden’s woes, but your first step should be to step back and think: If left untreated, will it get worse? Many instances are one and done – a hungry deer wandered through your yard the one night your dog stayed in. Your spouse weed-whacked the new perennial bed.  Time can cure many wounds, especially when growing things. If damage will only continue, try to find the source. Is it a bug (many hide at night)? Is it a disease/ fungus (especially where wet and shady), or improper growing technique (tomatoes planted into fresh compost). A picture of the problem and a leaf or two can make diagnosis easy – let us help!

Feeling Prune-y?

Aren’t those Rhododendron blossoms amazing this year? Unfortunately, many of our older, established plants suffered winter damage this year and need some good pruning back. After bloom is the right time to do it. Cut out any dead wood first, then figure on cutting back no more than 1/3 of the leaves on the shrub to get it back into shape.  A great guide: Pruning Trees and Shrubs, University of Minnesota.

 

 

This month Indoors

Are your houseplants on vacation yet?  They will thrive outside this time of year. Keep in a sheltered spot for the first few days. Watch out for your shade lovers like Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily) or Philodendron so they don't get a sunburn!

 

 

Garden Fun Fact:

Watermelons are actually vegetables, related to pumpkins, cucumbers and squash.

June is named after the Roman goddess Juno, patroness of marriage and the well-being of women.

 

Originally Published 6, 2014, Modified 6/2016 by Colleen Oncay


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Pruning shrubs: HGTV.com; Tomato Trellis: Tractorsupply.com; Backporch: MarthaStewart.com