Wednesday, June 26, 2013

June Gardening Checklist

June has nearly gotten away from me and I have not gotten the chance to go over my checklist. Yep, that means I have probably gotten very little done on the checklist, and you can tell by looking at my garden.  It will be fine though, a little bit of catching up and no one will ever know I was behind, not even the tomatoes.

  • Plant the rest of your tomatoes, peppers and basil if you haven't finished that yet.  There is still a bit more time. 
  • Plant another round of beans, corn and lettuce to keep the harvest going after the first round is harvested.  Put lettuce under the cover of a larger plant to keep it from burning up in the heat and sun.
  • Plant winter squash and start some seeds (in pots) for fall harvests of cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage.
  • Plant more cilantro for another harvest.
  • Mulch your berries.
  • Fill in any bare spots with marigolds, zinnias or dahlias.
  • Cover your potatoes with straw, soil or mulch.
  • Keep those tomatoes staked up.
  • Plant pumpkin seeds for a Halloween harvest.
  • Thin your peach and apple trees so that the fruit is about 6 inches apart.
  • Keep harvesting your lettuce, radishes and peas!
  • Weed anything that is growing too close to your plants, especially anything that has overtaken your veggies in size, or looks unsightly to you. 
  • Keep an eye out for pests.  Hand picking pests or dusting with wood ash or diatomaceous earth are great organic pest control options.  
  • Keep your flowers dead-headed and watered to encourage constant blooms.  
  • Pinch back the suckers on your tomato vines.
  • Turn your compost pile! During long stretches of heat and dry weather, water it down.  You don't want it to dry out.
  • Enjoy the beginnings of the summer harvest and start prepping your kitchen for the abundance that you want to put up for the rest of the year!

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