Summer gardening calendar
These activities can be done on any day of the week — By Ellen Wells, Globe Correspondent
(Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)
Remove bugs by hand. Keeping garden clear of debris helps increase air flow and prevent diseases.
So called "ever-bearing" strawberries will produce fruit all summer.
Today marks the first official day of summer.
Summer solstice. Control mildew on lilacs, squash, bee balm, zinnias, and phlox with a natural fungicide.
Learn how to brew your own compost tea to use as garden fertilizer.
Prune garden mums and sedum for late-summer blooms.
Harvest veggies in the early morning when sugar content is highest.
Buy a rain barrel to collect water from roofs and gutters for use in the garden.
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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