Summer gardening calendar
These activities can be done on any day of the week — By Ellen Wells, Globe Correspondent
(Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff)
"Sidedress," or sprinkle fertilizer, around your tomato plants.
Plant summer annuals around pansies as they fade in summer heat. They'll perk up again in fall.
Weed and water routinely.
Going on vacation? Hook up an automated watering system with drip tubes or soaker hoses to water containers and gardens.
Cover fruit trees and shrubs with netting to keep birds away.
Create a custom garden path with poured concrete stepping "stones" or simply a path of mulch.
Father's Day. Replace Dad's old and worn gardening tools.
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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