A few tips and ideas you might want to check off your list this month…
1. Work in the garden early in the morning or in the evening. This is better for both you and your plants. Watering in the heat of the day can make your plants crave excessive amounts of water and can actually promote disease. Plus, harvest your veggies in the morning for best taste.
2. Make sure your new plants and transplants stay watered thoroughly. But remember, don’t overwater them, either.
3. Keep turning your compost. Add a few scoops of compost to your garden as a side dressing on plants that need a pick-me-up or to help nourish heavy feeding plants like tomatoes.
5. Take your houseplants outside, unless they are fragile plants that do not do well in heat or excessive light.
6. Deadhead your flowers to get more blooms and blossoms.
7. Cut some fresh flowers and bring a little bit of the outdoors inside for your enjoyment.
8. Let your spring bulb foliage die back. This process “feeds” the entire plant and root systems. You can cut the unsightly foliage away in a few weeks.
9. Depending on your climate, pull up any early spring plants that may have bolted. Plants such as spinach, lettuce, and cilantro tend to go to seed and become bitter as the temperatures rise. Re-seed any plants you want to keep going all summer long. (I grow cilantro all summer long in the shade!)
10. Every week or two weeks, plant any vegetables you want to grow in succession all summer long, such as bush beans or squash. This way you’ll have a new crop to harvest every few weeks.
11. Pinch off the small, sucker limbs on your tomato plants. Make sure to give your tomato plants a good boost of natural fertilizer. Continue to trellis and stake your tomatoes as needed.
12. By late June, start seeds for your fall gardens.
13. Check your veggies for signs of pests each day. Deal with them as early as possible with natural methods. Don’t wait until a problem becomes a BIG problem you can’t manage.
14. Beware of summer thunderstorms. Trim back any large tree limbs or tie down anything that may cause damage to your garden, home, patio in a bad storm. Now is a great time to think about your family’s storm preparedness plan.
15. Keep plenty of fresh water in the birdbath. The birds enjoy it and so do the butterflies that help pollinate your garden!
16. ”Live outdoors” as much as possible. Eat on the patio. Read a book on the deck. Plant some containers to enjoy on the patio. Grow lemongrass around living areas for natural mosquito control. Enjoy being outdoors.