Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Things to do in the June garden

'One cannot help but be in awe when
contemplating the mysteries of eternity,
of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.
It is enough if one tries to comprehend
a little of this mystery every day.'
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German physicist and Nobel Prize winner

  • MULCH ASPARAGUS generously after harvesting stops around the middle of the month. Do the same for rhubarb plants as their season of harvest winds down around the end of the month. Remove any rhubarb flowerspikes that develop. {This wet spring has not been kind to my rhubarb - most of the stalks were soft but they do seem to be perking up with a bit of compost & mulch. Hope they recover for a harvest next year}
  • Sustain the beauty of the garden in June by WEEDING AND DEADHEADING. Remove weeds before they can form and shed seeds. {mulch, mulch, mulch!}
  • Continue THINNING seeded vegetable plantings. {again, the wet spring has been a disaster for most of my cool weather veggies but it's too early to say how later sowings will react}
  • PULL SOIL AROUND POTATO PLANTS to prevent any tubers near the surface from turning green (and poisonous) with exposure to sunlight. This procedure is called hilling or earthing up. As early potatoes begin to die back, reduce watering.
  • Finish PLANTING SUMMER FLOWERS in beds and containers.
  • Plant SUCCESSION SALAD CROPS of lettuce, radish and spinach in a lightly shaded location with a cool, moist soil.
  • Remove dead foliage from SPRING-FLOWERING BULBS.
  • Finish filling hanging baskets, patio pots, window boxes and planters with flowers.
  • Keep COMPOST PILES dampened, and well aerated or turned for speedy decomposition. {My compost tumbler was emptied last month & is in the process of being filled for a late summer batch}
  • Remove suckers from staked TOMATOES. {If your tomatoes are in a greenhouse, make sure to open the door on hot, sunny days to invite pollinating insects in to aid with pollination}
  • With the arrival of warm weather, MOW THE LAWN HIGH to protect the roots and crowns of the grass plants from burning. A thick and healthy, unscalped lawn also makes life awkward for weeds.
  • SOW FLOWERING KALE AND CABBAGE for colorful plants this fall and winter. {Mix these in flower beds for an interesting twist}
  • CUT CHIVE CLUMPS down to a few inches from the ground, a small section of the clump at a time, to keep fresh, tender new growth coming along. {Chive blossoms make wonderful additions to salads or use them all in a vinegar for use in winter salad dressings}
  • Pick off rose leaves with BLACK SPOT OR POWDERY MILDEW, and apply a sulphur-based fungicide.
  • Allow one or two runners to develop from the most productive plants in the STRAWBERRY PATCH. 
I find June to be a transition time from high activity to relaxing moments just observing & sitting with your plants. I harvested my first crop of lavendar blossoms yesterday, which not only re-shapes the bush, but allows for a second harvest later in the summer. The same with the chives. I try to harvest my chive plants one per week so that I have a longer supply of chive leaves. The leaves do not store well, but the blossoms are fun to eat. 


    CL Field said...

    Hi Michelle, your blog is a feast of information! Thanks for stopping by Turkey Creek Lavender. Great idea on the berry vinegrette, I bet the combination was wonderful. You'll probably see that I love infusing, but I have so many recipes it's hard to get them all up without being a "cooking blog!" You're right, though, lavender and chicken just seem made for each other. I made an infused lavender honey and then glazed the chicken and it was so good!

    Ruralrose said...

    First time visitor and wow awesome blog!! Excellent info here you really know what you are talking about! Love the iris pictures, the color is divine. Off to read more, thanks, peace