Pacific Northwest

June, 2009
Regional Report

Thin Seedlings

If you broadcasted seeds of carrots, beets, radishes, or onions in your veggie garden, now's the time to thin. Remove enough seedlings to provide 2 to 4 inches of space between plants. Add thinnings to fresh salads for a real flavor boost.

Turn the Compost Pile

Turning the compost pile every few weeks will help speed up the decomposition process. If the pile is small it's easy to move the warm center of the pile to the edges. If the pile is large, try removing the material from the center and placing it aside. Pile what was around the edges into a heap in the center where it will heat up, then line the newly created heap with the material you set aside.

Harvest Peas

Young peas, harvested at their peak, are sweet and crisp. Harvest them when pods are full sized but before they begin to bulge. Pick peas regularly, and the plants will continue to produce new pods until the weather gets too warm for them to produce.

Lightly Prune Trees

You can lightly prune trees to remove dead, diseased, crossing, or broken branches during the summer months, but don't get carried away. Heavy pruning in summer can expose previously shaded leaves and bark to the harsh sun, resulting in sunscald and damage to the tree trunk.

Thin Apples

Fruit trees often set more fruit than they can mature. Trees go through a natural thinning process in early June, dropping fruits that haven't been properly pollinated. After this natural fruit drop, hand-thin remaining fruits, leaving only one or two per cluster. With less competition for nutrients and water, these remaining fruits will be larger and more flavorful.

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