It’s June. By June most gardens throughout the country are well on their way to being planted and close to blooming. Of course, before we are able to reap the rewards of fresh produce and sweet-smelling flowers there is still much work to be done.
Other than humans there are others who make every attempt to enjoy our gardens along with us regardless of being uninvited: insects. What can you do to keep them from invading your garden? Well, since it is summer and this is the time of year that insects are out and about they will also be on and around your garden. There are a number of pest control products on the market today and they are not all the same, so be sure to carefully read the label and usage instructions. Be especially careful about using any chemicals around pets and children. If you do choose to spray your fruit and vegetables with pesticide, be certain to wash your freshly grown food very well before consuming. Not only will a thorough washing remove any dirt or chemicals from your food, but it will also remove any lingering bugs, too. If you are concerned about the environment, consider using “green” products instead.
For your fruit and vegetable garden, be sure that by June you cease harvesting asparagus, rhubarb, and spinach and plant any remaining tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers, eggplant plants that are still not yet planted. In June sometimes fruit trees will drop fruit their fruit. This is normal. The trees are manually managing their own crop. If fruit does fall from the trees, clean it up or it will rot and attract unwanted animals.
There are other things you can do to make all kinds of gardening a little less work for the hard-working gardener this year:
- Move your indoor plants outdoors for the season to enjoy the bright sunshine
- Be sure to work outside when the temperatures are cooler and there is lower humidity, such as first thing in the morning or early evening when the sun is getting ready to set and wear sunblock
- Thoroughly water plants well, especially those that have been recently planted and those in pots and containers which tend to dry out quicker than those planted in the ground
- Mulch is your friend, so use it to the best of your advantage. It will keep weeds from growing
- If you enjoy seeing wildlife in your garden, set up and maintain a birdbath, plant a butterfly bush, hang a birdfeeder and replenish as needed, or better yet, do all three!