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New Jersey Gardener’s Checklist

Last updated on May 16, 2017 at 02:41 pm

According to the Farmers’ Almanac, the summer solstice will occur on June 21 in 2014. As we approach that date, days lengthen gradually and gardeners usually experience a burst of energy as they see growth really take off. Check out our quick New Jersey gardener’s checklist to make sure you are ready.

  1. Garden center displays are a great way to get ideas about plant combinations that work in your hardiness zone. Take some photos for inspiration. Ask an expert about things that might be new to you. Nurseries place what’s in peak bloom front and center, and seeing those vibrant colors will be extremely helpful when planning your garden.
  2. The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days are happening throughout New Jersey this month; tour private and public gardens and get design ideas for your own outdoor space.
  3. June is when insects (good and bad) are out in full force, especially the babies. Baby insects are hungry, hungry, hungry! If you’ve got a vegetable garden or fruit trees, now is the month to give them a good bath with insecticidal soap. Your crops will thank you later.
  4. Your spring-flowering bulbs, so pretty in April and May, have died back. But resist the urge to remove their foliage until it’s gone fully yellow and pulls easily out of the ground. If there’s still some resistance when you try to pull it out of your garden, the bulbs are still absorbing sunlight for next year’s floral display.
  5. Don’t neglect your lawn during peak flower season. Fertilize now, if you didn’t do it in April or May. June is also the time to reseed stubborn thin spots. You’ve probably been mowing, but remember you can leave grass cuttings on the ground to recycle all those good nutrients back into the soil.

Tell Plymouth Rock some of your favorite tips for a great garden.

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