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June Gardening Tasks

June is a great month to be in the garden because you not only get to plant your favorite vegetables, herbs and flowers but you also are harvesting some of your first crops of the year.

No matter where you live you need to go through the garden to make sure you have everything in place to support your plants.  Trellis, Cages, and all other support systems need to be in place so that you do not harm root systems that are growing and to provide support to your plants now that fruit and vegetables are setting on.

June is national pollinator month and is actually now celebrated internationally, go out into your community to learn more about polinators and what you can do to support the pollinators in your area.

Weekly weeding should take place to control any weeds that are growing to allow the vegetables to grow without competing with the weeds.

Plants that have been established now need to have side dressing of organic fertilizers to give a boost to plants setting fruit and vegetables on.

Now is the time to inspect plants for pests that are possibly invading your garden and treat them as needed.

Harvesting of fruit and vegetables can now start.  Strawberries, Blueberries, Lettuce, Spinach, Peas, and possibly some early tomatoes and zucchini.

Time to prune plants that have bloomed such as lilac so that next year’s blooms are even better.

Day Lillies are starting to bloom this month.  They come in a variety of colors and are great bloomers for a long period of time in your garden.  Over time they can be divided to make more plants to expand your Day Lilly beds.

Day Lillies flowers are also edible and can be added to make an attractive salad with a little bit of spice.

Fertilizing schedule every 10-14 days to support plant growth and fruit.

Pollinating by hand if you have not had a warm start to your summer or you’ve had a lack of pollinators in your garden.

Mulching your plants to reduce water evaporation.

This is a great time of the year to start seeds for a second crop on plants such as peas, cucumbers, lettuce, onions, and others to enjoy later in the season when your first crops have reduced their crops for harvesting.

Update your gardening journal on the progress of your plants and where you have planted the vegetables for next year’s plant rotation in the garden.

Get your children and grandchildren involved with projects that they can do and make as well as involve them in the harvesting and cooking of the bounty from the garden.

Collect rocks that can be painted for a great project that children can be involved with.

Enjoy your start to the summer tasks to produce the best garden.