All Posts   Posted:   June 1, 2015

FOR FRESH COLOR:

  • Although summer arrives late this month, it’s still a really good time to plant. Many late season beauties are available now: dahlias, lilies, lisianthus and begonias are just a few. Landscape plants can also be added now; this is a fantastic time to visit our garden centers to see summer blooming shrubs and trees and roses are in full bloom now too.
  • To keep summer annuals blooming, pinch off spent flowers, water and FEED!

FOR THE LAWN & LANDSCAPE:

  • Be sure to water well this summer. Even though we think of Oregon as a rainy state, summers can be quite dry. Especially vulnerable are containers and new plantings. We have lots of ways to help you water effectively—drip irrigation kits, high quality hoses and sprinklers. And our landscaping division installs, repairs or 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 and treat early for best results with Bonide Rose Rx.

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).
  • Harvest thinnings from new plantings of lettuce, 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 local nurseries for best selections. Bring home some ladybugs or other garden helpers to combat pests.
  • Control 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 Bon-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.

IN THE GARDEN SHED:

  • Summer can bring pests. While we offer standard chemical controls we specialize in earth, people, and pet friendly organic solutions. These include live beneficial insects, and 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.

BASIC PRUNING LIST:

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

FOR FUN:

  • Enjoy summer by attending one or more of the Rose Festival events, get new landscape ideas by going on a local garden tour or attend one of our upcoming garden classes.

FOR FRESH COLOR:

  • Although summer arrives late this month, it’s still a really good time to plant. Many late season beauties are available now: dahlias, lilies, lisianthus and begonias are just a few. Landscape plants can also be added now; this is a fantastic time to visit our garden centers to see summer blooming shrubs and trees and roses are in full bloom now too.
  • To keep summer annuals blooming, pinch off spent flowers, water and FEED!

FOR THE LAWN & LANDSCAPE:

  • Be sure to water well this summer. Even though we think of Oregon as a rainy state, summers can be quite dry. Especially vulnerable are containers and new plantings. We have lots of ways to help you water effectively—drip irrigation kits, high quality hoses and sprinklers. And our landscaping division installs, repairs or 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 and treat early for best results with Bonide Rose Rx.

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).
  • Harvest thinnings from new plantings of lettuce, 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 local nurseries for best selections. Bring home some ladybugs or other garden helpers to combat pests.
  • Control 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 Bon-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.

IN THE GARDEN SHED:

  • Summer can bring pests. While we offer standard chemical controls we specialize in earth, people, and pet friendly organic solutions. These include live beneficial insects, and 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.

BASIC PRUNING LIST:

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

FOR FUN:

  • Enjoy summer by attending one or more of the Rose Festival events, get new landscape ideas by going on a local garden tour or attend one of our upcoming garden classes.