The Vegetable Garden

Zones 3-4 Garden Calendar and Monthly Garden Tips - May - Aug

    May - June Tips

    Start any of the warm weather vegetables such as Corn, Beans, Peppers, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Squash and Pumpkins as soon as possible this month if you had not done so last month.After trees naturally drop their fruit in late June, thin remaining fruits on apple, pear and peach trees to encourage larger, better fruit. Vegetable seedlings may continue to be thinned this month in order to provide ample room for growth.Plant your Broccoli, Cabbage, Brussels sprouts and Cauliflower for next winter's harvest.Prune suckers from all your fruit treesFertilize strawberries and water regularly to promote new growthPinch herbs to keep bushy and fresh with new growth

    July Tips

    Begin enjoying the harvest of your homegrown fruits, vegetables and herbs!Fertilize June bearing strawberries after the harvest, and ever-bearing varieties half way through the season.Plant out successions of salad crops for continued harvesting throughout the summer. Sow seeds for cool-season crops directly into the garden by mid-July.Continue to protect your fruit from the birds with netting.Empty areas of the garden, where the crops have finished, should be replanted with either a fall vegetable crop, or a cover crop of clover or vetch to help control weeds. Cover crops can be tilled into the soil later, to add humus and nitrates to the soil.

    August Tips

    Compost should be watered during dry periods so that it remains active.The vegetable garden is likely to require daily harvesting now. Cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers should be picked as soon as the fruits are ready. This not only captures the best flavor, but it also makes way for new fruitsRemove dead pea vines, bolted lettuce, and other plants that have gone by and add them to the compost pile. If they show signs of disease, however, burn them.