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June Gardening

by gardengirl

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What is going on and what is next!

I must confess, my veggie garden was looking a little sad two weeks ago – Four Lined Bugs were taking some (too many!) nibbles, the marigolds had died, my cucumber looked like it was dying and the tomatoes just looked sad. Kind of embarrassing! Well, it really just needed a boost of water (the drip system needed adjusting) and despite the fabulous preparation I had done with the soil by adding tons of compost and coffee grounds (Thank you Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf!) it still needed something else. So, out came the fertilizer with fish emulsion, seaweed extract and molasses and sure enough, the plants have perked up. I’ve now plugged into my calendar the dates (every two weeks) all summer for feeding the garden so I don’t forget! 

 

As far as planting new veggies, it’s time for the heat lovers, Okra, Southern Peas, and Sweet Potatoes. With an eye toward the Fall garden, it’s time to start transplants inside for Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplants. I’ve pinched off a few of the new suckers from the current tomato plants to root in water in a cup on the windowsill, pot up and place out back out in the garden in late July. Believe it or not, you can start your fall pumpkins by seed now, as well.  

 

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Beyond the vegetable garden, transplants of Ajuga, Wax Begonias, Chrysanthemums, Cosmos sulphureus, Portulaca and Purslane are perfect plants to introduce into the garden this month.  If you would like to try your hand at seeds, plant some Morning Glories or Moonflowers for quick climbing, old fashioned color. Mine are getting off to a slow start, but I’ve seen a few flowers already.

 

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Zinnias are prolific bloomers, come in many colors, and are easy to start from seeds. I’m planning on trying these for the first time this summer. I have a seed pack of ‘Cut and Come Again’ Zinnias that should produce 4 foot plants with 3-4 inch blooms of pink, white, orange and red.

 

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If you want to add a tropical flair to your landscape or pool area, Cannas are a great addition and it’s still not too late to plant them.

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Happy Gardening!

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