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Summer gardening calendar

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

June 18 - 24

Vegetables (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff) Harvest veggies in the early morning.
Monday

18

Remove bugs by hand. Keeping garden clear of debris helps increase air flow and prevent diseases.
Tuesday

19

So called "ever-bearing" strawberries will produce fruit all summer.

Today marks the first official day of summer.
Wednesday

20

Summer solstice. Control mildew on lilacs, squash, bee balm, zinnias, and phlox with a natural fungicide.
Thursday

21

Learn how to brew your own compost tea to use as garden fertilizer.
Friday

22

Prune garden mums and sedum for late-summer blooms.
Saturday

23

Harvest veggies in the early morning when sugar content is highest.
Sunday

24

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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