Hard work in the garden
during spring will begin to pay off in June as plants take hold and flowers
bloom, but there is still planting that can be done to create a beautiful
Thin Fruit: It may be tempting to leave all fruit on trees
no matter their size, but thinning excess fruit results in less strain on the
tree or vine and makes for better-developed remaining fruit, especially for
trees bearing fruit for the first or second time.
Plant Drought Tolerant Herbs:
While some gardeners may cut back on vegetable
planting this year due to the drought, herbs require little water. Rosemary,
English thyme, oregano and sage all do well with minimal watering. Remember,
however, as with anything newly planted, regular watering is needed until the
roots are established.
Control Weeds Before They
Flower: All plants, including weeds,
are growing well by now. Pull weeds before they have a chance to flower and
spread their seed. Then cover the just-weeded area with mulch to keep weeds
Caring for Avocado Trees: Although avocado trees are hearty once
established, they are susceptible to overwatering during their early years.
Plant your avocado trees in well-draining, loose soil. Let the soil around the
tree become somewhat dry before watering. Flowers bloom in spring but most will
drop off, leaving only the hardiest fruit to grow.
Plant Pumpkin Seeds: Now is the time to plant pumpkin seeds so
pumpkins are ready to harvest by Halloween. Seeds will begin to sprout seven to
10 days after planting. Leave room for the plants' vines to spread and develop.
The plants' yellow flowers will begin to appear about three weeks after plant
growth begins. The flowers will develop into pumpkins after they are pollinated.
Plant Heat-Loving Vegetables: There is
still time to plant vegetables that thrive in the summer heat and survive
without constant watering once established. These include corn, cucumbers,
eggplant, green beans, okra, peppers, tomatoes, yellow squash, melons and zucchini.
Deep Water Mature Trees: Although mature trees have vast root systems,
they need watering in drought conditions. If the soil is dry six to eight
inches below the surface around the tree's drip line, water slowly so the water
reaches deep into the soil. Only water when the soil is dry.
Check Irrigation Systems: Repair broken sprinkler heads and leaks in drip
irrigation hoses. Make sure water is reaching the right locations (and not watering
unused space or hard landscape). Check your lawn while the sprinklers are on to
see if there is water runoff. Make watering time adjustments when necessary.
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