June in the Garden!
Now the real fun begins - flowers and shrubs are starting to bloom, the veggies are getting planted and hopefully there's time at the end of the day to sit back and enjoy the efforts of the day. Here's a few tasks to keep in mind for June:
- Keep new plants and containers well watered.
- Add compost or manure to your beds to give them a nutrient boost - containers too.
- Get the mulch down before more weeds start to sprout.
- Give your houseplants a summer vacation - take them outside.
- Remember to dead-head as blooms fade to encourge more to come along.
- Watch for pests. Use floating row covers to protect veggies from specific insects. I use it on the cabbage to keep the cabbage moth from laying eggs and devouring the leaves.
- Japanese beetles will be returning any day now. Hanging traps may help, but they also bring more beetles into the yard...it's a personal choice. This year, I'm going without traps to see if it makes a difference.
- As it starts to get warmer, cut back on he lawn mowing and keep it to 3" or higher to reduce the stress risk.
- If you haven't already, stake any tall plants before they get too tall to work with.
- Prune spring blooming shrubs once the flowers have faded.
- If you have tall trees in your yard, your gutters may need to be cleaned out .
- Get a rain barrel to help with watering.
- Grow potatoes in bags - see link below.
- Find out when your local horticultural society or garden club is holding their summer garden tour. It's a great way to walk through neighbourhood yards and not get arrested... and also get some good inspiration for you own yard.
- Plant a vegetable you've never tried before.
- Create a garden for cutting flowers.
- Share a divided plant with a good neighbour or friend.
- Celebrate your garden - and always have fun!