All Posts   Posted:   June 4, 2018

FOR FRESH COLOR:

Although summer arrives late this month, this is still a great time to plant!

 

  • Many warm season beauties are available now such as dahlias, lilies, zinnias and begonias. Landscape plants can also be planted now; this is a fantastic time to visit our garden centers to get ideas and inspiration…roses should be in full bloom now too!
  • To keep summer annuals blooming, pinch off spent flowers, water and FEED (with All-Purpose or a bloom booster fertilizer)!

FOR THE LAWN & LANDSCAPE:

  • Be sure to water well as summer heat arrives. Even though we think of Oregon as a rainy state, summers can be quite dry; especially vulnerable are new plantings and containers. We have lots of ways to help you water effectively including high quality hoses and sprinklers. Our landscaping division installs repairs and upgrades irrigation systems. Don’t forget to mulch mature beds & after planting. An inch or so of organic mulch will go a long way to suppress weeds and conserve water otherwise lost to evaporation.
  • Most plants will benefit from feeding this month, especially containers, flowerbeds and vegetables. We recommend Gardner & Bloome organic fertilizers, available in granular or liquid form. Check with a staff member to find out what’s best for you.
  • Now that roses are in full bloom continue to remove old flowers and keep an eye out for fungal diseases like powdery mildew or black spot. Pick off damaged leaves, fertilize regularly and treat early for best results with Bonide Rose Rx (Neem Oil). If insects or diseases have been a problem in previous years or disease has taken hold, treat with Bayer systemic 3-in-1 Insect, Disease & Mite Control.

FOR THE EDIBLE GARDEN:

  • Fertilize vegetable garden 1 month after plants emerge by side dressing alongside rows with Gardner & Bloome vegetable food. There is still time to plant summer vegetables such as: beets, broccoli (starts), cabbage (starts), carrots, cauliflower (starts), celery (starts), corn, cucumber (starts), kale, lettuce (starts), leeks, parsley (starts), pepper (starts), potatoes (end of month), radish, snap beans, squash (starts), tomato (starts).
  • As seeds emerge or as plants grow, be sure to thin plants for proper spacing. Harvest thinnings from new plantings of lettuce, peas, onion, and chard; eat as baby or microgreens. Pick ripe strawberries regularly to avoid fruit-rotting diseases; control pests with Sluggo or Sluggo Plus.
  • After normal fruit drop of apples, pears and peaches in June, consider thinning the remainder to produce a larger crop of fruit.
  • First week of month: spray for codling moth in apple and pear trees, as necessary. Continue use of pheromone traps for insect pest detection. Last week: second spray for codling moth in apple and pear trees, as necessary. Bonide Captain Jacks (hose-end sprayer)
  • Learn to identify beneficial insects and plant some insectary plants (e.g. Alyssum, coriander, candytuft, sunflower, yarrow, dill) to attract them to your garden; check with our experts for best selections. Bring home some ladybugs or other garden helpers to combat pests.
  • Keep on top of garden weeds by pulling, hoeing, or mulching. Control aphids on vegetables as needed by hosing off with water releasing ladybugs/other beneficial bugs or by using Bonide Neem Oil. Watch for 12-spotted beetles on beans and lettuce and cabbage worms or flea beetles in cole crops (cabbage, broccoli, Brussel sprouts). Remove the pests by hand or treat with Bonide Captain Jacks or Neem Oil.

IN THE GARDEN SHED:

  • Summer can bring pests. While we offer standard chemical controls we also specialize in earth-friendly, people and pet-safe organic solutions. These include live beneficial insects, and natural products to control slugs, aphids, mites, mildews, caterpillars, root weevils, and budworms (those worms that eat all the buds off your beautiful petunias and geraniums). Again, our staff gardeners are here to help solve any of your garden challenges. Bring a bagged sample of your garden problems to our garden centers for expert advice and solutions.

BASIC PRUNING:

  • Most fruit trees can be pruned in summer when fruit locations are obvious (especially good for espaliered forms). Spring flowering shrubs and vines, including rhododendrons, lilacs and spring blooming clematis can be pruned this month as flowers fade. Also ok to prune boxwood, holly, wisteria, and broad-leafed evergreens (such as hedges).

FOR FUN:

FOR FRESH COLOR:

Although summer arrives late this month, this is still a great time to plant!

 

  • Many warm season beauties are available now such as dahlias, lilies, zinnias and begonias. Landscape plants can also be planted now; this is a fantastic time to visit our garden centers to get ideas and inspiration…roses should be in full bloom now too!
  • To keep summer annuals blooming, pinch off spent flowers, water and FEED (with All-Purpose or a bloom booster fertilizer)!

FOR THE LAWN & LANDSCAPE:

  • Be sure to water well as summer heat arrives. Even though we think of Oregon as a rainy state, summers can be quite dry; especially vulnerable are new plantings and containers. We have lots of ways to help you water effectively including high quality hoses and sprinklers. Our landscaping division installs repairs and upgrades irrigation systems. Don’t forget to mulch mature beds & after planting. An inch or so of organic mulch will go a long way to suppress weeds and conserve water otherwise lost to evaporation.
  • Most plants will benefit from feeding this month, especially containers, flowerbeds and vegetables. We recommend Gardner & Bloome organic fertilizers, available in granular or liquid form. Check with a staff member to find out what’s best for you.
  • Now that roses are in full bloom continue to remove old flowers and keep an eye out for fungal diseases like powdery mildew or black spot. Pick off damaged leaves, fertilize regularly and treat early for best results with Bonide Rose Rx (Neem Oil). If insects or diseases have been a problem in previous years or disease has taken hold, treat with Bayer systemic 3-in-1 Insect, Disease & Mite Control.

FOR THE EDIBLE GARDEN:

  • Fertilize vegetable garden 1 month after plants emerge by side dressing alongside rows with Gardner & Bloome vegetable food. There is still time to plant summer vegetables such as: beets, broccoli (starts), cabbage (starts), carrots, cauliflower (starts), celery (starts), corn, cucumber (starts), kale, lettuce (starts), leeks, parsley (starts), pepper (starts), potatoes (end of month), radish, snap beans, squash (starts), tomato (starts).
  • As seeds emerge or as plants grow, be sure to thin plants for proper spacing. Harvest thinnings from new plantings of lettuce, peas, onion, and chard; eat as baby or microgreens. Pick ripe strawberries regularly to avoid fruit-rotting diseases; control pests with Sluggo or Sluggo Plus.
  • After normal fruit drop of apples, pears and peaches in June, consider thinning the remainder to produce a larger crop of fruit.
  • First week of month: spray for codling moth in apple and pear trees, as necessary. Continue use of pheromone traps for insect pest detection. Last week: second spray for codling moth in apple and pear trees, as necessary. Bonide Captain Jacks (hose-end sprayer)
  • Learn to identify beneficial insects and plant some insectary plants (e.g. Alyssum, coriander, candytuft, sunflower, yarrow, dill) to attract them to your garden; check with our experts for best selections. Bring home some ladybugs or other garden helpers to combat pests.
  • Keep on top of garden weeds by pulling, hoeing, or mulching. Control aphids on vegetables as needed by hosing off with water releasing ladybugs/other beneficial bugs or by using Bonide Neem Oil. Watch for 12-spotted beetles on beans and lettuce and cabbage worms or flea beetles in cole crops (cabbage, broccoli, Brussel sprouts). Remove the pests by hand or treat with Bonide Captain Jacks or Neem Oil.

IN THE GARDEN SHED:

  • Summer can bring pests. While we offer standard chemical controls we also specialize in earth-friendly, people and pet-safe organic solutions. These include live beneficial insects, and natural products to control slugs, aphids, mites, mildews, caterpillars, root weevils, and budworms (those worms that eat all the buds off your beautiful petunias and geraniums). Again, our staff gardeners are here to help solve any of your garden challenges. Bring a bagged sample of your garden problems to our garden centers for expert advice and solutions.

BASIC PRUNING:

  • Most fruit trees can be pruned in summer when fruit locations are obvious (especially good for espaliered forms). Spring flowering shrubs and vines, including rhododendrons, lilacs and spring blooming clematis can be pruned this month as flowers fade. Also ok to prune boxwood, holly, wisteria, and broad-leafed evergreens (such as hedges).

FOR FUN: