Summer gardening calendar
These activities can be done on any day of the week — By Ellen Wells, Globe Correspondent
(Aram Boghosian/Globe Staff)
During May, water annuals twice a week. Use liquid fertilizer every other week.
Overseed with grass seed to create a thicker lawn and fill in bare spots. Leave grass clippings to return nutrients to the soil.
DO NOT cut leaves of spring bulbs. They need them to feed and strengthen the bulb!
Read directions of synthetic and natural weed and pest controls for best results.
Outfit your patio and deck with colorful mixed containers and hanging baskets.
Suppress weeds in flower beds and the veggie garden with a 3-in. layer of mulch.
Sow seeds of bush, lima, and pole beans, sweet corn, cukes, squash, melons, carrots, chard, zinnias. Transplant eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkins.
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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