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These activities can be done on any day of the week — By Ellen Wells, Globe Correspondent

June 25 - July 1

Be sure to water lawns and gardens early in the morning. (istockphoto.com) Be sure to water lawns and gardens early in the morning.
Monday

25

Mophead hydrangeas have blue flowers in acidic soil and pink flowers in alkaline soil.
Tuesday

26

Pinch flowers and growing tips from annual herbs to encourage lateral shoots and create a bushier plant.
Wednesday

27

During July and August, water annuals every day; use liquid fertilizer every day.
Thursday

28

Water lawns and gardens in the early morning. Wet leaves at night are susceptible to disease.
Friday

29

Buy some red, white, and blue hanging baskets for the holiday.
Saturday

30

Harvest your first tomatoes and some lettuce for your Fourth of July cookout.
Sunday

1

Fill gaps in your perennial border with quick-growing annuals or potted tropical plants.
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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