Fire Mountain Garden Exchange


June Planting Suggestions by Editor
June 5, 2009, 3:44 am
Filed under: Flowers, Fruits, Perinnials, Vegetables

We should be all be enjoying the fruits of our labors by now, early tomatoes, beans, beets and all the good stuff we planted in March and April.

There is still time to rotate in summer vegetables that can be consumed in August and September.  Our source is as always the “Reliable Seeds 1994” pamphlet by Charles Ledgerwood.

Recommendations for the month of June are:

BEANS, beets, carrots, CANTALOUPE, CORN , CUCUMBER, LIMAS, OKRA, parsley, PEPPERS, PUMPKINS, radishes, N.Z. SPINACH, SQUASH, Swiss chard, tomato, jicama, watermelon, egg plant and sunflower.

Don’t forget to move your plantings around in your garden, change the rows you plant your tomatoes in, even spread vegetables around in your regular landscape. Egg plants are beautiful in bloom and fruiting as is chard.

For the flowers we have:

Asters, Balsam, Candytuft, Carnation, Celosia, Centaurea, Cobaea, Convolvulus, Calliopsis, Cosmos, Cynogiosum, Dianthus, Daisies, Dismorphotheca, Dusty, Miller, Fountain grasses, Gloriosa Daisies, Gourds, Gypsophilia, Helichrysum, Ipomea, Larkspur, Lavendaer, Lunaria, Marigold, Nasturtium, Phlox, Portulaca, Rudbeckia, Salpiglossis, Scabiosa, Salvia, Statice, Tithonia, Sunflowers and Zinnias.

You can find plant descriptions and planting information in Sunset’s “Western Gardens”. Check for drought tolerance, which will be very important this year.

You can also start thinking about succulents and cacti. Both are quite expensive in nurseries and stores so consider asking friends and neighbor’s for cuttings, set aside a little area for pots and by this time next year you will have plants ready to go into the ground!

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