June is the perfect month to spend some time outside tending to your garden. Since kids are out of school, consider enlisting the whole family in this activity. Gardening can teach children about healthy eating habits, and can encourage them to learn about the planting and growing process. In order to prepare your garden for the rest of the season, follow these tips for June gardening care.
Add PlantCatalyst® to Your Gardening Routine
If you are planting your seeds, seedlings or plants, or are just maintaining what you had planted in the spring, add PlantCatalyst® to your routine. This Dr. Willard’s® product is government-approved to be used on plants, and has been tested and tried by gardeners and professional growers worldwide for over 40 years.
This patented formula changes water’s molecular structure to make it more efficient in bringing plants back to a healthy state and helping them thrive. PlantCatalyst® helps plants absorb more nutrients, and has been has been proven to reduce the amount of fertilizer needed by up to 50 percent while producing the same, or better, results – increasing the germination rates, decreasing growing times, and increasing yield. By spending less on fertilizer, you will end up with more yield – a true bargain!
The best part is that PlantCatalyst® is made from natural ingredients, and does not contain the harmful toxins that many common fertilizers do. This will help to offset fertilizer’s pollution when it seeps into the soil and groundwater, causing greenhouse gas pollution.
Vegetables Gardening Tips
Plants, fruits and vegetables often need specific temperatures to grow. Warm-season vegetables need hotter temperatures; if you live in an area with late frost, you may have not been able to plant staples such as tomatoes, pumpkins (large ones may need up to 100 days to grow), squash, peppers, beans and corn yet. June will likely see warmer temperatures across the country, so now is a great time to plant.
You may even get away with planting cool-season greens, like spinach and lettuce, in the shade if your garden gets hot during the summer months.
Once the temperatures rise high, water your garden deeply every few days, but not every day, to promote deeper roots than can withstand heat.
Flower Gardening Tips
Just as vegetables like a particular weather, so do flowers. Cool-season annuals such as diascia and pansies thrive in cooler temperatures and dry up when it turns hot. Remove the faded annuals and instead plant warm-weather annuals such as salvia and petunias, which will bloom until autumn to keep your garden looking beautiful.
Weeds thrive when it gets hot, and they disperse seeds for the next season during the summer months. To avoid this, hoe them when it gets hot, they will wither under the hot sun. If you will use a weed killer, do so sparingly, as the grass is already stressed under the heat, and any product you add can damage it.
Water Your Lawn Accordingly
Lawns also differ by cool and warm-season types. Cool-season types, such as bluegrass and rye, will have the hardest time in the summer, and will require daily watering. Even with the most regimented watering, they may fade and turn brown in the summer until fall. If you live in areas that get hot summers, such as Southern California and Arizona, consider planting warm-season grass, such as Zoysia and St. Augustine.
Win 1 Gallon Bottle of PlantCatalyst®
Show us your June gardens on our Facebook or Twitter pages. Enter to win a 1 Gallon Bottle ($149.99 Value) of PlantCatalyst® by participating in our Selfie Contest! Post a selfie on our Facebook or Twitter page of yourself and your garden and use #PCSelfie. Deadline to enter is 6/26/16. The winner will be announced on 6/30/16.