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Gardening column: Follow these June gardening tips – News …

The following June gardening tips will hopefully help solve some things you were thinking of doing and keep you on schedule:

• Water those indoor plants more often now, and fertilize as you see them adding more growth.

• Move them outdoors in a shady place and remember to water them more often because outdoor air and heat dries them out so much faster.

• If you enjoy taking your cut garden flowers inside, treat them as you would fresh cut flowers that you bring home from flower shops.

• Cut the stems to open them so they will draw the water in your vase and add an aspirin or preservative to the water so they will last longer.

• Now is a good time to take root cuttings of your houseplants and garden plants. This will help grow your collection or give you extra plants to share with friends and family members.

• Always choose the roots from actively growing, healthy plants.

• Place several roots that you’ve treated with rooting hormone in a plastic bag of moist soil, then zip it up and lay it in a shady place. When you see new green shoots, you can transplant into small containers. Keep out of sunlight. Keep soil moist not wet.

• Also flowering shrubs such as forsythia, lilac, pyracantha and weigelia can be easily encouraged to grow a new plant by stem-tip cuttings.

• For stem-tip cuttings choose a twig that has several leaves growing on it. Remove those lower leaves before you plant the stem because these opened up areas are where the roots will come from.

• Next, fill a plastic bag or plastic cup with a good seed germinating soil. Moisten the soil then dip the cutting in rooting hormone. Make a small hole in the soil, insert the cutting then carefully tuck the soil around it. Close the bag up or cover the cup with a plastic bag or plastic wrap. You will be creating a little greenhouse. Now set it out of direct sunlight. When you see new growth you will know it has rooted and can be transplanted.

• Now is the time to prune spring-flowering shrubs—or if they haven’t finished blooming, waituntilafter their blooms fade.

• When ready to do this, remove faded flowers and seed pods on lilac and other spring-flowering shrubs. Soon after this they will be setting new flower buds for the next season and you don’t want to prune them once that process begins or they will not bloom next spring.

• Apply fungicide to prevent and control black spot on roses.

• Always keep the soil clean under the rose—add some mulch as well—and water at the root level.

• Always water deeply every 7 to 10 days any newly planted shrubs or trees unless it rains often.

• Make a little open circle around under your trees so your mower can pass around without nicking tree trunks.

• Lay mulch on the bare soil you have created but do not mound it up around the trunk of the tree.

• Your fruit trees may drop fruiting buds at this time of year—not to panic, this is something the tree does automatically to rid it of too big a load of mature fruit to handle later on.

• You can keep an eye on this and help the tree by thinning it yourself or propping the limbs up now so they do not break under the load. Rule of thumb is space fruit 6 to 8 inches apart.

• If you spray your fruit trees, continue doing that now.

Jane Ford is an Advanced Master Gardener. Email questions to She also answers gardening questions with horticulture educator Ricky Kemery noon-1 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month on “The Plant Medic,” a radio show on 95.7fm. This column is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views of The News-Sentinel.

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Master Gardeners June gardening tips

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Posted: Friday, June 9, 2017 1:00 pm

Updated: 1:08 pm, Fri Jun 9, 2017.

Master Gardeners June gardening tips



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      7 tips for summer gardening

      Be sure all of the tools you need for the day’s gardening are ready for use. (Photo provided by Family Features)


      When temperatures peak and the summer sun shines for long hours throughout the day, it can put a burden on your garden and the plants growing in it. Some steps may be easier to take than others, but there are ways to keep your greenery thriving even in relentlessly scorching heat. Of course, having the right tools and a personal commitment to gardening are a couple of the first and most important rules, but these tips can serve as simple, helpful ways to keep your garden growing strong.

      Check equipment

      Before getting carried away with digging, tilling or watering, be sure that all of the tools for these jobs and others are ready for use. Inspect hoses and spigots for leaks and holes, ensure that hand tools are sturdy and monitor your inventory of important items like soil to make sure you have enough for the tasks ahead.

      Keep potted plants cool

      When sitting in the sun, certain types of pots may absorb heat, some­ times causing the plants within to dry out and become overheated. Lightly mulching the pots can help, as can placing the pot in a saucer full of moist sand.

      Know what to grow

      Instead of gardening on a hunch and wasting water or other precious resources on plants that simply don’t grow well or bloom in the sum­mer, research which flowers, plants and bushes will succeed. Local experts who sell seeds and bulbs can likely help guide you while you shop for your next plant.

      Water early

      By watering in the morning, you can achieve multiple objectives. First, you won’t be stuck sweating it out when the sun is directly overhead during the day while trying to hydrate your plants. Second, soaking the soil early can help plants stay hydrated throughout the hottest parts of the day, rather than allowing them to dry out in the heat and attempting to rehydrate them later.

      Protect against pests

      While it can be difficult, keeping pests and insects out of your garden can help keep both you and your plants healthy. Repellants are an obvious option, but some may negatively affect the growth of plants. Instead, practice habits like maintaining healthy soil and getting rid of standing water (which can attract mosquitoes) to actively deter insects.

      Mix nutrients with water

      Adding fertilizer to water can help balance out deficiencies in certain minerals, depending on the quality of your soil, especially if you aren’t able to water frequently.

      Add shade

      Another way to keep potted plants, and all other plants for that matter, cool is to set up a canopy or shade cloth. Especially if your garden is subject to nearly all­day sunlight, it’s helpful to give it some shade at the hottest parts of the day with a canopy directly above.

      By staying committed and following these tips among others, you can keep your garden lush and growing even during the summer’s hottest days. Find more tips for a successful garden year­round at

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