Summertime is finally here! Here's a list of things to do this month to help get your garden growing for summer, provided by MSN Real Estate.
- Plant extra bulbs now for a burst of brightness later in the summer.
- Water at cooler times of the day to prevent quick evaporation and lower your water bills.
- For splashes on color in early summer, select bright nursery annuals already in bloom.
Perennials are June-perfect planters
- Plant flowering perennials of all kinds for late spring, summer and fall blooms: Oriental poppy, foxglove, salvia, aster, colubine, delphinium, feverfew and heuchera name a few.
- If your lawn needs aerating, it's not too late to perforate away.
- Overseed or reseed those stubborn scraggly spots.
- Fertilize now, if you haven't already.
- Think conservatively when it comes to watering.
- After mowing, leave grass cuttings on the ground to recycle all the good nutrients.
Vegetables and Herbs
- Now is your last chance for sowing squash and cucumber seeds.
- Corn, eggplant, peppers and tomatoes should also be planted as soon as possible.
- To expand your harvesting season, start planting successive crops of lettuce, spinach, carrots, chard, beets, and peas.
- All plants that are having a hard time springing back from winter should recieve a mild feeding.
- Fertilize roses now and each month through the summer.
- Allow spring-flowering plants to bloom before you feed them.
- Hold off on fertilizing tomatoes until their first fruit has set.
Find more on June's checklist.