- Author: Paul McCollum
To all the lovely people,
Here is the June Garden New from the National Gardening association.
Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
June, 2014 Regional Report
Plant Summer-Blooming Bulbs
It's not too late to plant lilies in your garden. Select a sunny spot in a wind-free area. Plant the bulbs 3 to 4 inches deep in fast-draining, rich soil. If they don't bloom this year because they went in late, they will bloom next year for sure.
Fertilize Summer Vegetables
Use liquid fish emulsion to fertilize summer vegetable crops. The organic fertilizer works the same as the chemical alternative, only more slowly. Organic fertilizers won't burn foliage.
Provide Nesting Material
Nesting birds will appreciate short pieces of yarn, string, dryer lint, and moss for their homemaking chores. Place nesting material in net bags and hang from tree limbs or lay on the ground in a protected area. The more birds you have in your garden, the less insects you will have.
Group Plants for Vacation Care
Before you leave on vacation, soak indoor plants well. Place them all in the bathtub on a damp towel. Set the baskets on an overturned pot or bowl so that their bottoms don't touch the towel. Don't leave the plants in total darkness, but close the curtains if possible. Large plants should be left on the bathroom floor with a damp towel under them. Mist or shower the plants once they are all snuggled into the bathtub. By keeping them in a low-light situation, they won't use as much water. They should be in good shape for up to two weeks, but they'll be very thirsty on your return. Fill the bathtub and let them soak for a half hour or so.
Fuchsias bloom on new growth. To keep them looking spectacular throughout the summer, pinch the tips from the ends of the branches once the flowers begin to fade. Fertilize with 14-14-14 every three to four weeks during the growing season.