June Gardening Activities

Some June gardening tasks to do to help keep your garden looking it’s best for the rest of the season.

As your garden begins to show signs of growth (perhaps the weeds are becoming aggressive), it’s time to prepare your seedlings and plants for a beautiful summer showcase.

Start by pinching back any annuals, Fuchsias, Geraniums, Cosmos, or any other plants that might be getting a little overgrown. Pinch your Chrysanthemums to encourage them to be bushier and have more blossoms. Pinch them again, every 6 inches or so, as they grow.

This is an excellent month to pick out a few new perennials, and plant them in the garden. Divide spring flowering perennials like, Primroses, Arabis, and Aubrietia. Once the soil has warmed, you can sow seeds for perennials directly into the garden.

Check your Roses for mildew, aphid, black-spot or other disease problems or insect infestations,
and if they appear take steps to control them right away. Your roses will need to be fertilized each month through the summer. Make sure your climbing roses are securely tied into position. Prune them after blooming.

Deadhead your annuals to encourage continued flowering. Remove dead foliage from your spring flowering bulbs, but only after it has died back naturally.

Stake tall flowers to keep them from blowing over in the wind.  Add a stake to each planting hole as you’re transplanting, and tie the stem loosely to the stake as the plant grows.

As the weather dries out, your container grown plants may need daily watering  especially if the pots are exposed to the drying sunlight.

Gladiola corms can still be planted for successive blooms. Tuberous Begonias can now be safely planted outdoors. Once the foliage of Daffodils has died back, you may divide and move the bulbs to a new spot. Daffodil clusters should be divided up every 3 years to ensure good blooming.

Fruit and Vegetable Gardening

Start any of the warm weather vegetables (Corn, Beans, Peppers, Egg Plant, Tomatoes, Squash, Pumpkins, etc.) as soon as possible.

Tap your tomato plants to encourage good pollination; water every day and start feeding them weekly once fruits set.

Protect your fruit from the birds with netting. After natural fruit drop in late June, thin fruits on apple, pear, peach,
and apricot trees carefully to produce larger, better fruit.

Peach trees need 50 to 75 leaves per fruit to manufacture food for both fruit production and tree maintenance. Apple trees need 30 to 40 leaves per fruit. Prune suckers and water sprouts from all fruit trees.

Continue thinning your vegetable seedlings to provide ample room for growth. Sow seeds for Ornamental Kale and Flowering Cabbage for colorful plants next fall and winter.

Mound the soil up around your potato plants.  It does no harm to the plant if the soil covers the stem.  Tubers near the surface which are exposed to sunlight will turn green and poisonous.  As early potatoes begin to die back, reduce watering.

Allow one or two runners to develop from the most productive Strawberry plants.

Plant your Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, and Cauliflower for next winter’s harvest.

Be certain to keep newly seeded areas well watered.

Odds and Ends Around the Garden

Be alert to slug and snail damage… Seek and destroy ALL slugs!

Keep the weeds pulled, before they have a chance to flower and go to seed again. Otherwise, you will be fighting newly germinated weed seed for the next several years.

Change the water in your bird bath regularly. Standing water may become a breeding ground for mosquito larvae.

Continue to watch for insect or disease damage throughout the garden,  and take the necessary steps to control the problem.

This can be a wonderful time of year for garden lovers as the colors and aromas bloom and change daily. So take the steps necessary to ensure a beautiful array of vegetables and flowers to enjoy!