From the Desk of Ed Hume: June Garden Projects

June 9, 2010 at 7:11 PM Leave a comment

Has the weather kept you from getting some of your Spring gardening projects completed?  Early June is not too late to get your Summer gardening underway.   Adding color, pruning, controlling slugs, dividing perennials, planting vegetables and eliminating weeds head the list of things to do in June.

COLOR SPOTS – are an ideal way to create instant color in the garden.   In recent years, growers have introduced blooming size annual plants that they call “Color Spots.” These plants are generally grown in individual pots in sizes of 4 inches or more, and the plants are nicely branched and already in bloom.  That way, when you select and plant them they provide instant color.  If you are like me and haven’t had a chance to get Summer annuals planted due to the lousy weather on the weekends, the “Color Spots” are a way of catching up by getting some early Summer color into the garden.  Water the pots before removing the plants from their containers.  Space the plants as recommended on the plant labels.  See Also: Flowers Outdoors

PRUNING – June is the month often set aside for shaping evergreens.  In fact, this is the month the commercial tree growers shape their Christmas trees.  It is a good month for shearing, pinching, or pruning Junipers, Cypress, or Conifers.  Also, this is the time to pinch back annuals, Fuchsias, Geraniums, and any other plants that might be getting too leggy or misshapen.

SLUGS – the cool, wet Spring has drawn the slugs out in full force, so it is important to take time to eliminate them. See Also: Plants that Slugs Do Not Like

PERENNIALS – this is an ideal time to select and plant the Spring, Summer, and Fall flowering varieties of perennials.  It’s also the time to divide the Spring flowering perennials like Primroses, Arabis, Aubrietia, Doronicum daisies, etc.  In addition, June, July, August, and September are the months for starting any of the perennials from seed.  Sow the seeds directly into the garden.

VEGETABLE GARDENING –  It is now late enough in the season to start any of the warm weather vegetables, including Corn, Beans, Peppers, Egg Plant, Tomatoes, Squash, Pumpkins, etc.  If you haven’t had a chance to sow some of these crops yet, it is not too late to get them started now.  Be sure to get these crops started as soon as possible. See Also: Wide Row Vegetable Gardening Companion Planting Seed Planting Chart

WEEDING – the cool, wet weather this Spring has also encouraged the germination of weed seeds, so they are a real problem in many gardens.  It is critical that these weeds be pulled, cultivated, or eliminated in some form before they have a chance to flower and go to seed again.  Otherwise, you will be fighting newly germinated weed seed for the next several years.

FERTILIZING – some of the plants that have suffered freeze damage this past Winter will probably benefit from a light feeding at this time.   In fact, one of the best times to fertilize plants like Rhododendrons, Camellia,s and Azaleas is immediately after they have finished flowering.  Use a “Rhododendron” or “Evergreen” type fertilizer to feed evergreens and a “Rose” or “Vegetable Garden” type food to feed Roses, perennials, vegetables, and deciduous trees and shrubs.

LAWN CARE – late Spring and early Summer is the time to fertilize the lawn again.  This is also an excellent time to eliminate lawn weeds.  It’s not too late to reseed or over-seed the lawn with new lawn seed.  If temperatures range much above 65 degrees, it will be too late to apply moss killers.  Thatching should also wait until Fall.  However, there is still plenty of time to perforate (aerate) the lawn if it is needed.  See Also: Lawn

ROSES – they have suffered enough damage from the severe Winter.  Be on the lookout for mildew, aphid, black-spot, or other insect or disease problems and if they appear, take steps to control them right away.  Roses will need to be fertilized monthly this Summer.


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