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The garden is in full bloom. Cut flowers and harvest produce frequently to encourage repeated production of flowers and veggies. Pull weeds and hoe often.

Tasks:

Water and mow lawn. Set mower higher to shade out weeds and keep roots cool.

Be cautious when applying sulfur to grapevines for mildew control. Damage occurs above 100°F.

Pruning:

Remove any unwanted sprouts on trunks of trees.

Thin fruit trees allowing 4” to 6” between fruit.

Fertilizing:

 Feed bedding plants with all-purpose fertilizer high in phosporus.

Feed vegetables and lawns with all-purpose fertilizer.

Planting:

Spring planting season is over. Anything planted this month will need careful watering.

Fill in bare spots from earlier plantings of perennials and annuals.

This is the last opportunity to transplant young plants.

Enjoy now:

Annuals and perennials: california poppy (Eschscholzia).

Bulbs, corms, tubers: squill (Seilla), Iris, amaryllis (Hippeastrum).

Trees, shrubs, vines: oleander (Nerium), violet trump vine (Clytostoma).

Fruits and vegetables: melon, asparagus, cucumber.

Things to ponder:

Trap, hand-pick or bait snails, slugs and earwigs.

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Source: Adapted from “A Gardener’s Companion for the Central San Joaquin Valley,” 3rd edition, currently available from Fresno County Master Gardeners for $30. Gardening Questions answered at (559) 241-7534. Prepared by Judy Parker, Fresno County Master Gardener.

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