“In My Garden” is about what local gardeners are doing to care for their indoor and outdoor plants.  Seasonal advice is valid year after year, so scroll down or select the current month from the IN MY GARDEN menu .  Contributions are welcomed – add your comments!

Vegetable gardeners:  Early to mid-June is the ideal time to plant warm weather crops such as beans, peppers, squash and cucumbers.  It is tempting to rush the season and plant everything after the last frost date (May 24th in the Bolton area),  but plants that require warmth at the root zone just languish in the soil until it warms up sufficiently to promote growth.   You can judge the soil temperature with a thermometer but it is just as easy to dig a hole to the depth of the root zone of the transplant (or recommended depth to plant a seed) and feel the soil with your hand.  If it feels cold, then warm weather crops won’t thrive.

Weeding:  Spring rain and high intensity sunlight combine to produce a bounty of weeds.  When time is tight and you can’t weed your entire garden, focus on the weeds that are flowering and/or seeding.  If you allow your weeds to reproduce from seed, you weed problem will increase as these seeds germinate.  After weeding is a great time to put down mulch, which enriches the soil, keeps weed seeds from germinating and makes the garden look nice, too.



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