The first day of summer is only weeks away, signaling the longest day of the year. It’s hard to believe that we are in the midst of garden season and already harvesting a lot of our spring crops.
If you’re a beekeeper, it’s about time to harvest your first batch of honey. On the first June broadcast of the D&B Garden Show, I spoke with Melinda Jean Stafford about that exact topic, along with lots of other good information about what is going on with bees during the height of nectar and pollen collection season.
Weeds are going to seed now so I encourage you to get them out of your garden before they drop that seed and make more work for you. If you don’t have time to pull or dig the plant, at least cut off the seed head and toss it out. Don’t’ compost them. Unless your compost pile heats up enough to kill the seed (and most don’t), it will still be viable when you spread the new compost. Yikes! Herbicides are less effective as the plant gets older and begin setting seed so get ‘em while they’re small.
You can remove the leaves of your tulips and daffodils now. Leaving them on for about eight weeks will encourage better growth of the flowers next spring. Cut back the spent flowering stems of Iris and poppy now, too.
By the first part of July, early blooming shrubs like lilac and forsythia will have already set their flower buds for next spring. Pruning too late in the season, or too early next spring, will cut off those precious buds. Your pruning window is small, and closing rapidly. If you haven’t pruned early spring bloomers yet, do it now.
Please identify garden pests before attempting to control them. Timing is everything and without proper identification you could be applying products at the wrong time which doesn’t do any good, wastes your money and doesn’t help the environment either.
Water early morning. You’ll get the most out of your irrigation and the leaves of your plants will dry off more quickly, helping to avoid fungal problems.
Raise your lawnmower blade to accommodate the high heat of summer. Leaving the grass blades a little longer will help with moisture conservation and help protect the crown of the grass plant.
Have a garden question? Give me a call on Saturday mornings. You’ll find me on KIDO, 580AM, from 10:00-11:00 talking gardening!
Hopefully, these tips will help you get you through the month a little easier. I’ll have more tips for you next month. Until then, Happy Gardening!