Summer gardening calendar
These activities can be done on any day of the week — By Ellen Wells, Globe Correspondent
(Janet Knott/Globe Staff)
Enjoy your first harvest of spring greens!
Support floppy perennials such as delphiniums and peonies once stems become sturdy. Early staking will assure foliage camouflages the stakes and poles.
Do a thorough weeding of your gardens.
Apply a 3-inch layer of mulch to help keep down weeds and retain soil moisture. Keep mulch away from the base of trees, shrubs, and larger perennials to prevent mold and disease.
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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