If you haven't yet planted your vegetable garden or you have a few holes in the garden that need to be filled, there is still time to plant some vegetables.. Tomatoes, peppers, corn, beans, cucumbers, and all types of squash can be planted. You can extend your crops of beans and corn by planting additional crops two to three weeks apart. This will give you a longer harvest time. Also, you can still plant onions, lettuce, spinach, parsley, and other leafy vegetables.
Summer is a great time to go on vacation. However, there are some things you might want to take care of before leaving your plants unattended.
On average, house plants should be watered weekly. This can make it difficult to leave for extended periods unless you have some one who can watch your house and water your plants while you are away. Thankfully, there are the plant nanny products that can water your plants for extended periods while you are away. There are several options of plant nannies that will give you flexibility to leave for more than a few days. We recommend trying them out for a couple of weeks before leaving so that you know how long you can go before needing to refill the plant nanny.
Also, as the temperatures begin to increase, it's important to make sure your plants will get adequate water while you are away. Plants in containers will definitely need to be watered more frequently. We recommend physically checking your sprinklers and drip systems before leaving to make sure they are working properly. Turning on your system and walking around the yard will help identify any plugged or missing drippers.
If you didn't fertilize in May, then this is the month to fertilize again. We recommend the Master Green or the EB Stone Nature's Green Lawn Food for a green and healthy lawn. Remember to water lightly first, apply the fertilizer, and then water again immediately after.
Also, during the summer,adjust your mower a little higher to help keep your lawn from drying out so quickly and reducing the amount of water needed to keep your lawn healthy.
Also, this is the time of year when grubs and other insects that can damage your lawn become more active. You can use Sevin Granules or Bonide's Grub Beater to control these unwanted pests that cause your lawn to get damaged.
As you look around your yard, you may consider adding some additional annuals or flowering perennials to your containers, planters, hanging baskets, or other areas in your yard. Just a few blooming plants like million bells(pictured at right), bacopa, verbena, alyssum, lobelia, zinnias, parrots beak, diascias, osteospermums, etc. can add the color you need to brighten up the yard or patio.
This is the month to fertilize your citrus and fruit trees again. We recommend using Master Start or the EB Stone Citrus and Fruit Tree Food. Remember to be sure to water well after fertilizing.
Also, this is a good time to do a light pruning on your fruit trees to remove some of the unwanted growth. For more information, visit our Backyard Orchard Culture Tips