To-Do This Month: June

blackberry blossoms

blackberry blossoms

June. Truly Summer. This is the month when things really start to fly in the garden. With longer warmer days, and moderate rains, June in Nashville has a way of giving all that is growing the upper hand. This is both a blessing and a curse. Those cucumber vines are starting to develop  and along with them the cucumber beetles. Those berries are beginning to ripen and the birds with hatching babies know this. Here's what needs doing this month:

  • Put up bird netting around the berry patch
  • Continue succession plantings of beans, lettuce and beets
  • Plant out Okra and collards
  • Start seeds for cabbages, brussel sprouts and collards
  • Finish planting in tomatoes! 
  • Stake up tomatoes (this year I'm trying out the twining method- or Florida Weave)
  • Trellis cucumbers
  • Weed! 
  • Turn compost
  • Watch for pests - pick off when possible, deter with strong water blasts, homemade garlic spray and neem oil, diatomaceous earth or insecticidal soap if necessary 
  • harvest oregano, dill, thyme, mint, lemon balm and lavender for drying