Get the most out of June gardening by tackling the most important items on a gardener’s to-do list.
Make sure your garden produces a succession of vegetables and other edibles. Plant additional seeds or seedlings in the ground for delicious veggies, herbs and more. Where you live will determine what you should plant. Check seed packets and look for vegetable starts at your local The Home Depot Garden Center for selections that you can plant and grow now.
Another to-do item this month is checking plants for pests, including aphids and cucumber beetles. Before you do anything, try to identify the pest. Try organic methods first, including picking pests off your plants, before anything else so you preserve the ecosphere around your garden where pollinators and other beneficial insects are busy helping your plants.
After planting any seeds or seedlings for edibles, provide extra nutrients with compost or other organic amendments to your soil. If you haven’t already, give flowers a boost with a slow-release fertilizer so they’re well fed all season long.
For watering needs, check your area for any restrictions and then take time to set up drip irrigation and soaker hoses. For other watering needs, check your hoses for leaks and repair to be sure they’re in top shape. Replace if needed. It’s also a great time to set up hose timers, which are an easy way to save time and energy in the garden.
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Plant Veggies for a second crop
In early June, plant a second crop of vegetables in your garden. In late June, in some areas, you can start seeds for early fall veggies. Where you live will determine which crops grow. Green beans, okra, corn and cucumbers are a good bet for almost any area and those can be started from seed. For fall pumpkins, plant your seeds this month.
Monitor and treat plants for pests
Check your plants this month for pests, including aphids and whiteflies. And when your plants become snacks for creepy-crawlies and other pests, don’t reach immediately for harsh chemicals. There are plenty of organic options that will keep you and your garden safe. Read about these organic methods to protect your garden from pests.
Promote plant growth with fertilizer
Give a boost to plants with fertilizer to promote plant growth all season long. For roses, pick a rose fertilizer that contains a balanced mixture of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. For all perennials, you can use time-release granular fertilizers to gradually add nutrients over a 3-month span. For your edibles, read about methods to boost your harvest.
check hoses and set up timers
Making sure your garden gets enough water in the heat of summer can be tricky business. Watering wisely will help you preserve this precious resource. That’s why now is a great time to check your hoses for leaks and set up hose timers. Find out more ways to spend less time watering.
Now is a great time to plant vegetables that need warmer weather to grow. Squash, corn, radishes and green beans are all great options. Read more about Pacific Northwest regional gardening tips.
Fertilize budding fruit crops and mulch your tomato plants to safeguard their moisture reserves. This is also the time to plant basil and cilantro seeds for fresh herbs all summer long. Read more about North California Coastal regional gardening tips.
Fertilize the lawn and inspect your irrigation system to make sure each component is working properly and the sprinkler heads are clear of debris. Read more about South California Coastal regional gardening tips.
Prune yellow and brown palm leaf stems, and water newly planted shrubs and perennials regularly. Monitor cacti and succulents to ensure the leaves aren’t shriveling or yellowing; water as needed. Read more about Southwestern Desert regional gardening tips.
Take time to trim branches hanging over the house, garage or shed. Clean the gutters and clear the roof of dead leaves and pine needles. Read more about Western Mountains regional gardening tips.
Get ahead of the weeds as they begin to grow. This will make the plants easier to manage throughout the hotter months. Now is also a good time to plant new perennials. Read more about High Plains gardening tips.
Houseplants can be moved outdoors as the weather warms, but keep an eye on them to ensure they don’t become dehydrated. Reseed your lawn as needed to promote growth in bald areas. Read more about Northern Midwest regional gardening tips.
This is an ideal time to plant new lawn seed or lay fresh turf to restore your yard. Read more about Central Midwest regional gardening tips.
June will bring lots of bugs. Treat plants with organic methods to deter pests from eating your leaves and damaging your garden. Use insecticides cautiously, only if nothing else works. Read more about Mid-Atlantic regional gardening tips.
Remove dead flower heads from existing plants, and start harvesting leafy vegetables as they mature. Water and fertilize newly planted seeds as needed. Read more about New England regional gardening tips.
If you haven’t already, fertilize warm-weather grasses like St. Augustine and Bermuda. Water plants and edibles as needed, but focus your efforts early in the morning for best absorption. Read more about Upper South regional gardening tips.
Spring bulbs will begin to yellow as summer perennials bloom. Prune yellowing foliage to promote healthy growth. Keep an eye on bugs and pests, and get rid of standing water to help cut down on mosquitoes. Read more about Middle South regional gardening tips.
Deter critters and Japanese beetles from grazing on your edibles using organic methods. Spot treat if needed with insecticides. Read more about Lower South regional gardening tips.
Mist fruit trees with fungicide to preserve your upcoming harvest. Aerate and fertilize your lawn as you establish a seasonal irrigation cycle. Read more about Coastal and Tropical South regional gardening tips.
Monitor your garden each week for any harmful insects and treat accordingly. Gently prune summer-flowing shrubs, like oleander and hibiscus, to encourage healthy growth. Be mindful of rainfall levels and water your lawn and edibles according to zoning restrictions. Read more about South Florida regional gardening tips.
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