Summer gardening calendar
These activities can be done on any day of the week — By Ellen Wells, Globe Correspondent
(Dina Rudick/Globe Staff)
Transplant into the garden: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower.
Test your garden hoses for leaks.
Give your lawn mower a tune-up.
Fertilize your lawn after grass begins growing actively for the season.
Plant asparagus and rhubarb.
Sow seeds indoors: cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, squash, lettuce. Sow outdoors: carrots, chard, beets, lettuce. Last chance for peas, kales, potatoes, and spinach. Transplant into the garden: Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce.
These guidelines are all dependent on Mother Nature, of course, and your location. For the Boston area, Zone 6 hardiness puts the last frost date around May 1. For Zone 5, add a week; Zone 4, add two. But that doesn't mean cold nights are gone for good. Keep a careful eye on your local weather forecast to watch for unseasonably cold temperatures. Find your USDA Hardiness Zone at www.garden.org/zipzone.
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