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Gardens all around are looking more amazing than ever with all of the record-breaking rain fall. My personal garden has been spared (so far) the wrath of Mother Nature and her evil hail storms this year, so I’m just counting my gardening blessings. Your garden should be lush and transitioning from late spring annuals and perennials to early summer. You may be completely satisfied with the season and how your landscape is looking – if not, it’s still not too late to make design adjustments and add additional plantings. While I certainly don’t need to add to my garden, I feel an irresistible urge on the weekends to just drop in a couple of nurseries to see if there are small things I can add. I have been adding sedums and succulents all over my garden as they add so much interest and yet are nearly maintenance free. I’m also a sucker for any blue clematis. You may want to add some heat-loving plants to your containers or window boxes so they can thrive through July and August when it is so very hot in Oklahoma.
This past weekend my home as well as a home we completely renovated was on an annual neighborhood garden tour. It was extremely gratifying to have a great turn-out after all of the devastating storms we’ve been having in Oklahoma City – thank you for dropping by. I am always invigorated to share gardening knowledge and tips with everyone who is interested.
I got lots of questions about the use of my blue and white jars outside – yes they do just great!
Top Things to do in June
- Now is the time to really start paying attention to the watering part of your job as gardener in tune with your garden. The summer heat comes on strong in June, and hand watering your newer plantings, e.g. roses, will pay off.
- Remember to shut your sprinkler off if you receive heavy rains – this is certainly the case this year.
- Check out varieties of perennials at the nurseries you might not see in the spring months – verbascum, agastache, and rudbeckia – find a spot for them – they are wonderful in any garden.
- Dead head your roses, petunias, verbena, geraniums, and penta – they will reward you with fresh blossoms.
- Continue to support your roses and climbing vines – they will continue to provide vigorous growth through the summer months
- Container plantings will benefit from weekly feedings of water soluable fertilizer like Miracle Grow.
Garden Tips from my Pinterest Board – lots of good garden knowledge found on my board.
Here are a few timely tips for June…
One way to guard against the vagaries of mistakenly cutting off buds or losing them to a cold snap is to grow some of the newer reblooming hybrids. These have become staples at home centers since their first introduction, in 2004. Some to consider are 'Endless Summer,' a blue mophead, and 'Twist and Shout,' a pink to blue lacecap (go to Endless Summer Collection for stores). 'Let's Dance Moonlight' is a new reblooming pink mophead (go to Monrovia for stores). These hybrids bloom throughout the summer on both the current and past year's growth, so they will produce blooms on the new growth even if the old growth is nipped in the bud by cold temperatures.
Slugs destroy hostas and a lot of other plants….here are some solutions I found from a master gardener on Pinterest – maybe some of them will work for you:
1. Slugs avoid crawling over anything dry, dusty or scratchy, such as lime, diatomaceous earth, cinders, coarse sawdust, gravel or sand. These make great barriers to keep out slugs.
2. Epson Salts sprinkled on the soil will help deter slugs and also help prevent Magnesium deficiency in your plants.
3. Vinegar, a good ingredient for slug sprays and removing slug slime.
4. Spread salt around your plants. Salt dries them out so they won’t go near it.
5. Collect human, dog, or cat hair and put around your plants, not only will the slugs not go on it, but it will also keep a lot of the little critters away also.
6. When you find a slime trail, destroy the track so other slugs do not follow. They will follow each others trail. There are certain plants that slugs hate like the strong smell of mint, chives, garlic, geraniums, foxgloves and fennel. Plant them around the edge of your garden to keep them out. These plants also discourage Japanese beetles.
7. Put stone paths along your flower beds.
8. Put Copper of foil barriers around plants that the slugs are eating. When the slugs cross them they are given a small shock. This also works for snails.
9. If you are find slugs in your potted plants, put petroleum jelly around the base and tops of your plant containers and watch them slip and slide.
10. Fill a shallow bowl with beer and wait overnight. The slugs love it. Dispose of the slugged brew by adding it to your comport.
11. Another slug formula: 1 part ammonia to 3 parts of water. One squirt on the slugs is all you need.
12. After eating your 1/2 grapefruit for breakfast, put it into your garden to make slug trap. Turn upside down after putting a small hole or two on the side for slugs to enter. They adore grapefruit and the slugs will gather there to eat the grapefruit and leave your plants alone. Collect the grapefruit and put into the compost bin.
The world's most perfect fertilizer and pesticide is Epsom salt - every other week in a 1 gallon watering can filled with water add 1 TBSP of miracle grow and 3 TBSP of Epsom salt. You will have a great garden all season.
Do take the time to enjoy the fruits of your hard work!
Happy Gardening -
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