Summer gardening calendar
These activities can be done on any day of the week — By Ellen Wells, Globe Correspondent
Memorial Day. Get out the grill!
Harvest leaf lettuce by picking outside leaves as needed; center will continue growing.
For the month of June, water annuals every other day, use liquid fertilizer once a week.
Take a garden tour this month for some inspiration.
Milky spore can help control grubs in lawns.
Plant marigolds around vegetables as a natural pest repellent.
Use supports such as stakes and twine, bamboo poles and cages to support tall and vining tomatoes, peas, pole beans, clematis, thunbergia, morning glories, and other vines.
Sow bush and lima beans, sweet corn, summer squash, carrots and chard. Transplant 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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