Mid-Atlantic

June, 2012
Regional Report

Fertilize Roses

Give roses a summer boost with an organic, slow-release rose fertilizer. Apply according to package directions. Shallowly cultivate into the soil without disturbing roots. Water in well.

Deadhead Spent Roses

Hybrid teas, floribundas, David Austin roses, and climbing roses will benefit from deadheading or pruning off spent blossoms. Clip below the faded flower at the first outward-facing, five-segmented leaflet. Clip on a 45-degree angle so water flows off the stem. Apply wood glue to the cut.

Pull Mulch Away From Growing Perennials

Perennials are growing fast and full this summer. They're likely crowded by mulch applied early this season. Give them room to spread. Pull mulch away from the base of all herbaceous (and woody) plants.

Pick Peas and Summer Squash

The more we pick, the more these veggies will produce. Snip or snap off sugar and garden peas as the pods fill. Remove summer squashes before they get big. Small summer squashes are tender and tasty. Check the plants often to keep up with the bounty.

Give the Garden a Few Minutes Every Day

As we get busy with summer fun, it's easy to put gardening off until the weekends. Here's another option. Think of gardening in 10 or 15 minute segments every day. Stick to one task or one spot. Set a timer or cell phone alarm. When the alarm rings, decide to either stop then and there or do just a little more to finish that project. Look at it as a small job, well done. Walk away satisfied. It's okay to notice other small things for the next day... and the next.

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