heat is not far away, typical gloomy June weather in southern California can
make the month ideal for planting a garden and catching up on yard maintenance.
Revive Established Trees: Planting a new tree requires almost
daily initial watering. To keep water bills at a reasonable level, consider revitalizing
existing trees by providing nutrients and by trimming and shaping limbs. This
easy maintenance encourages new, healthy growth without the expensive startup
costs associated with new plantings.
Remove Weeds Before They Flower: Pulling weeds while they are small is a
lot easier than waiting until they flower and their roots are established.
Allowing weeds to flower and then go to seed means you'll have many more weeds
to pick throughout the growing season. Pull weeds after a particularly overcast
morning when the soil is moist so it's easier to remove the entire weed--roots
Instant Gratification Vegetables: Sometimes it can take months for a vegetable
plant to start producing. If that's too long to wait, try planting these fast
maturing vegetables: radishes, green onions (stalks, not bulbs), Romaine
lettuce, spinach and baby carrots.
Basil and Cilantro: Basil and cilantro plants are quick growing and love to flower as soon as
the weather warms. To keep plants producing tasty and tender leaves, pinch back
any signs of flowers. Keep the plants six to eight inches tall so they remain
Herbs That Require Little Watering: Rosemary, English thyme, oregano, lavender and sage are all native to
the Mediterranean so do well in southern California. Once their roots are
established, they can withstand full sun and minimal watering.
Plant Avocado Trees: Plant your avocado trees in
well-draining, loose soil. If the avocado tree is in a pot, make sure the pot
contains plenty of drainage holes. Overwatering can produce root rot--the
single most common reason young avocado trees fail. Let the soil around the
tree become somewhat dry before watering. Flowers bloom in spring, but most
will fall during the first year after planting. This is normal. If all goes
right, expect avocados in two or three years.
Plant Pumpkins Seeds: Pumpkins are slow growing--they need a good four
months to mature. Once planted, pumpkin seeds will begin to sprout in seven to
10 days. Leave plenty of room for the plant's vines to spread and develop. The
plants need lots of warmth and moisture to thrive. Yellow flowers will start to
appear about three weeks after plant growth begins. The flowers will develop
into pumpkins after they are pollinated. If planted now, pumpkins will be ready
for picking in time for Halloween.
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