The Vegetable Garden

Zones 5-6 Garden Calendar and Monthly Garden Tips - June - Aug

June:

  • Water more deeply and less often as plants become established.
  • Check plants sales, for bargains and close outs.
  • Pick your fruits and vegetables as they ripen.
  • Keep weeds pulled and mulch in place.
  • Watch for early disease problems and take care of the before they get worse.
  • Plant pumpkins now for Jack-o-lanterns by Halloween.
  • Extend the harvest of corn and beans with repeated plantings.
  • When the soil is warm, it is time to mulch, mulch, mulch. If you didn't stake your tomatoes, use cages or mulch. Mulch helps maintain an even moisture level which helps prevent blossom-end rot.
  • Leggy green beans, squash and cabbage can be helped by hilling soil up around the stems.
  • Discontinue cutting asparagus when the spears become thin. Your asparagus will now enjoy a thorough weeding, an application of 12-12-12 fertilizer at 2 pounds per 100 square feet, water well, and apply a new layer of mulch to conserve moisture.
  • As soon as cucumbers and squash start to vine it is time to start spraying for cucumber beetles and squash vine bores.
  • Mid June is time to start your seedlings of broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage for your fall garden.
  • Flea beetles attack green beans nearly as soon as they emerge. Stand by with a duster of Sevin™.

July - August

  • Water early in the day so that the leaves will be dry by evening.
  • Spend a few minutes every morning deadheading~pinching off spent flowers of plants.
  • Keep your eyes open for insects, and disease problems Early detection is important.
  • Keep mulching to help retain moisture and reduce weeds.
  • For best quality harvest vegetables in the cool of the morning or later in the evening. Avoid the heat of the day.
  • Home-grown tomatoes are the crop of the month. Plants need regular watering. Vegetables mature quickly when the weather is hot so check the garden daily.
  • Harvest potatoes when the tops turn yellow and die.
  • Keep cukes well watered. Drought conditions will cause bitter fruit.
  • Sweet corn is ripe when the silks turn brown.
  • Late July or early August set out broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower transplants for the fall garden. Also sow seed of collards, kale, sweet corn, summer squash, carrots, beets and turnips for the fall garden. Buy the short season varieties for best results.