Summer gardening calendar
These activities can be done on any day of the week — By Ellen Wells, Globe Correspondent
(Caleb Kenna for The Boston Globe)
Removing spent blooms, known as "deadheading," will encourage more flowers.
Let cilantro plants go to seed — you'll get coriander. Plant more through the summer.
Water lawns infrequently (once a week) and deeply (2-3 hours).
Delight in the harvest of spring-planted lettuce, greens, broccoli, peas, cabbage.
Pinch "suckers," or small secondary shoots, from between branches of tomato plants through July.
Harvest rhubarb and strawberries.
Sow bush beans, lettuce, and carrots through the month.
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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