20 Garden Tasks to Accomplish in June
“However many years she lived, Mary always felt that she should never forget that first morning when her garden began to grow.”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
June is upon us. Our gardens are really starting to take off!
Here’s a list of 20 Garden Tasks to accomplish in June:
1. Take a stroll and review the annuals you’ve added into the flower beds so far this season. Any other needed colors? Any bare spots you can spruce up? Maybe consider adding some additional annuals for foliage and color to what’s there. Deadhead spent blossoms to encourage new blooms, and add a little fertilizer. We always recommend Authentic Haven Brand Soil Conditioner!
2. Speaking of adding new plants, keep your eyes out for fun foliage perennials to add to your garden. Think ahead to August when colors seem to start fading, and the hot weather is relentless. Some calming green foliage will be very welcome. Add some now!
3. If you have fun adding garden accents for holidays, go get some ideas for red, white and blue now on our Pinterest board. Plants some fun colors now to enjoy over the 4th of July this year!
4. Go ahead and get rid of any dried leaves from your spring flowering bulbs. They should have absorbed the needed nutrients by now.
5. Keep up on the slug traps and baits. They’ll sneak out and eat up your garden plants in no time, especially if you get some rains. Remember to use pet safe types!
6. Roses need to be fertilized every 3-4 weeks. Prune after blooming so you’ll get new buds appearing throughout the season. Maybe try adding a miniature or dwarf shrub rose near a patio or walkway this year.
7. Remember your container plants will need more frequent watering than your garden beds. If you’re going to be gone on vacation, there’s still plenty of time to set up a drip watering system for your container plants. You’ll come home to happy plants! Take a look at this self-watering planter in the photo to the right – perfect for when you are away from home for extended periods.
8. With the ongoing concerns about water conservation, get in the habit of saving fairly clean water from miscellaneous kitchen duties, and use it to water your container plants.
9. Adding mulch is a great way to keep new weeds at bay, plus will assist in water retention of your garden beds.
10. For vegetable gardens, get your warm weather seeds in now. Fall squash, and pumpkins are a timely one to plant now. Pepper, beans, peas, okra, melons and corn will do great this time of year. We’re trying out purple peppers this year for a fun twist!
11. For fall harvests, you can plant your spinach, Brussel sprouts, cabbage and broccoli seeds now. Irish Eyes Garden Seeds have some great options!
12. June is a perfect month to plant herbs! You can still start some from seed, but it’s perfectly all right to pick up some herb starts at the local nursery, and get them into containers. Put the containers somewhere near your patio doors, so you can easily dash out and collect bits for uses as you cook. Try mixing into your egg or tuna salad sandwiches! Or grow some basil and make your own pesto sauce over pasta. You’ll LOVE using fresh herbs. Here’s some easy herb kits to try out if you’re new to growing herbs.
13. If you have a lawn, and lean towards watering it, water it less often, but deeply when you do so the roots grow deeply. Many choose to let their lawns go dormant at the weather heats up. You’ll save on water. A LOT. When the fall rains come, it’ll green right back up.
14. Mowing is recommended once a week, to about 2-2.5”. Leave it a bit longer to help conserve water needs.
15. Spring flowering shrubs can be pruned back now. Check to make sure if your particular shrub type should be pruned now. Some will bloom on new growth from the prior year, or provide berries in the fall/winter seasons, so you’ll want to figure out the best for your garden shrubs.
16. Keep your bird feeders filled, along with plenty of water in your bird bath. Your bird visitors will help you out by eating those pesky slugs and other insects. If you love watching birds in your bird bath, here’s a really great new item we found recently, a dripper unit to add splashing water to your bird bath.
17. Try out some new garden DIY projects this month! Browse through our Pinterest board “Garden DIY” and pick out one or two fun items to try! Maybe hang a framed mirror on a hidden garden fence area to provide a unique reflection back as you wander past, or a new mosaic tile project.
18. Get your houseplants outside to enjoy the warmer weather! Set them out under some shade as they adjust for a while. Consider planting some tropical looking elephant ear plants, or a banana plant to create a tropical accent on a porch or other covered seating area, alongside the houseplants. A great haven from the heat later in the season along with a cold glass of iced tea or mimosa.
19. Keep an eye out for emails from bulb companies, and purchase your fall planting bulbs ahead of time for significant savings. You will also have lots of options for Amaryllis bulbs now. They’ll ship them out this fall at the right time for planting.
20. Lastly, sit down occasionally and just enjoy the work you did the last few months to prepare your garden. Invite friends and family over for a BBQ and soak in their compliments about your gorgeous garden! Cheers to you as you sip your tea with mint you grew yourself!
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