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June 5, 2009

Weekend Garden Chores

 It is June, writes Marie Iannoti, garden writer for About.com , and gardens are in full throttle. It is not the time to rest, because  the weeds, pests and dead-heads will get far ahead of you.

Here is her advice.

  • 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 deficiencies 
  • Give the compost a turn
  • Give your houseplants a summer vacation outdoors
  • Make sure the birds have fresh water
  • Keep up on deadheading, for long season bloom
  • Pinch back tall growing fall bloomers like asters, monarda and helianthus

Vegetables

  • Stop harvesting asparagus and rhubarb
  • Replace crops that have bolted with the heat and cool season flowers, like pansies
  • 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

Fruit

  • 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

Pests

  • Summer is for insects. Be vigilant!
  • Keep watch for 4-lined plant bug damage, especially on the mint family
  • Japanese Beetles - They’re back!


Warmer Areas

  • Start new seeds of sun loving crops, for the fall
  • Cut back on mowing.
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About Susan Reimer
Susan Reimer has spent 16 years writing about raising kids - among other topics - in her column for The Baltimore Sun. And every time son Joseph or daughter Jessie passed another milestone - driver's license, college, wedding or a move to a new military duty station - she has planted another garden. Now she will be writing about those gardens - and yours - here on Garden Variety.

Susan isn't an expert gardener, but she wasn't an expert mother, either. Both - the kids and the gardens - seem to be doing well in spite of her.

She lives in Annapolis with her husband, Gary Mihoces, who loves to cut his grass but has noticed that there seems to be less of it every time the kids pass another milestone.
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