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June 6, 2017

June Gardening Guide from Gardens of Babylon

Summer is around the bend, and we’re excited to share the expert gardening tips from the staff at Gardens of Babylon to help guide you through all your June gardening queries. Whether you got an early jump on your garden this spring or you’re planting vegetables a bit late, not sure when to plant those cool-season herbs or curious what to add to your beds to keep unwanted insects at bay, we have the answers you need. So, grab your garden tools and your thinking cap, because you still have time to get out there, grow, and create!

Ornamentals to Plant Now. If you got a late start on adding beauty and color to your flower beds this spring, don’t sweat it!Asclepias spp. (a.k.a. milkweed), lantana, and other butterfly-attracting plants can still be planted in early June. These species love soil temperatures above 60 degrees F and will thrive with the recent warm weather. Fast-growing annuals such zinnias and Mexican sunflowers can still be directly sown in the garden for a harvest by mid-July. So don’t let the date deter you!

Fruits and Vegetables to Plant Now. Not only do annual ornamentals love the warm temperatures of June soil, but so do solanaceous summer crops like tomatoes and peppers. Find a hearty selection of large vegetable plants at Gardens of Babylon to ensure a healthy harvest by end of July. Also, June is the time to get those fall squashes in your garden. These varieties, like pumpkin, hubbard, and butternut, require a period of 80 to 120 days until they are ready to harvest. So get them in the ground now for an October/November bounty!

Manage Pests Biodynamically. Plant buckwheat seeds around vegetable gardens to attract beneficial insects which will keep down unwanted pests. Buckwheat will also attract pollinators which will increase vegetable yields. Find it in bulk at Gardens of Babylon.

Fertilize! June is a great time to apply a liquid fertilizer to vegetables and flowers to give them a boost. Whatever your plant may be, Gardens of Babylon has the right mix of nutrients in granular and liquid forms. Mixing in a few teaspoons of molasses to the fertilizer will give the plant carbohydrates essential to photosynthesis, as well. This leads to a healthier plant which is less susceptible to disease and pests.

Visit the expert staff at Gardens of Babylon 7 days a week from 8am-6pm for the largest selection of houseplants and pottery, plus perennials, annuals, fruit trees, and vegetable plants!