University of Vermont Extension
Department of Plant and Soil Science
BULBS AND OTHER JUNE GARDENING TIPS
Charlie Nardozzi, Senior
Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension
University of Vermont
fertilizing vegetable plants, and pruning lilacs are some of the
for this month.
If you want to move some spring-blooming
bulbs to another spot, wait until the foliage has turned yellow, then
carefully dig them up and let them dry in a shady spot
for a few days. Store the bulbs in a cool, dry place for the summer
until it's time to
plant them in fall.
Make a note of gaps in your spring bulb
garden, and plan to plant bulbs there this fall. By choosing a variety
of bulbs, from early-blooming snowdrops to late-blooming
alliums, you can have a colorful show for months. Note the bloom times
descriptions. For example, Kaufmanniana tulips bloom early, while
single, late tulips wrap up the
back shrubby perennials, such as catmint and dianthus and veronica,
finish blooming. This will tidy them up and encourage them to produce a
of flowers. If
clematis blooms only in spring, once it's finished blooming you can
damaged and wayward stems, and cut back stems if you need to control
the size of the
vine. Leave the decorative seed heads.
Tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers can use
some nutrients now, so scratch some granular fertilizer into the soil
around plants or in a shallow trench alongside a row.
Do this when the soil is already moist, and then water it in.
There's evidence that fruiting of
tomatoes and peppers is improved by applying Epsom salts, which
contains sulfur and magnesium. Apply one tablespoon of granules
around each transplant, or spray a solution of one tablespoon Epsom
salts per gallon of
water at transplanting, first flowering, and fruit set. You can find it
at drug and
After lilacs finish flowering, prune off
the old blossoms to increase the number of flowers next year. Do this
soon because the plants will begin setting buds for
next year's flowers. To reduce the height of the shrub, prune the old
stems to the
ground and allow new shoots to grow. Prune all at once, or gradually
remove one-third of
the old stems over a three-year period.
Check apple, cherry, and other fruit
trees for nests of tent caterpillars. Blast low-lying nests with water
to destroy them, or knock them to the ground and
destroy them. A spray of Bt will kill emerging caterpillars
but is not toxic to
beneficial insects, birds, or humans.
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