A special thank you to Martha Stewart for this month’s National To Do List.
June is the time to let go of spring and make way for the beginning of a big summer garden display. That’s especially true this season, when many areas have come off a warm winter and even warmer early spring. Things are coming into and out of bloom quickly so there is no time to waste. With that in mind, I’ve put together my to-do list for June.
1. Plant out the last of the warm season vegetable tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers
2. Continue repeat sowings of carrots, beets, radishes, dill, and cilantro on a two-week cycle
3. Harvest the last of the asparagus spears and leave remaining spears to leaf out to rejuvenate plants for next season; remove any weeds from asparagus beds and apply a top dressing of compost
4. Continue fertilizing vegetables with a balanced blend for the long summer growth period. Apply to tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, beans (when flowering begins), cucumbers, winter and summer squash (as vining begins)
5. Begin harvesting strawberries
6. Remove any tips from hydrangeas that have not greened by this time and remove all remaining dead branches
7. Start scouting regime for predatory insects like aphids, leaf miners, thrips, and spider mites. Spray any infestations with a strong stream of water from the hose. If they persist, apply insecticidal soap according to the recommendation on the label
8. Place paper “collars” around tomato and eggplant transplants to prevent cutworm damage
9. Weed, weed, weed to keep them from flowering and sending out more seeds.