Garden, Plant, Cook!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tips For June Gardening - And May Harvest

Dear Folks,

We have been fortunate to be in a mild El Nino pattern which should continue into our Monsoon time.  Interestingly a mild El Nino pattern (according to local Meteorologist Caribe Devine) historically produces more Monsoon rain than a strong El Nino - let's hope for that!

 Typically we dread going into the major heat of the summer so below are some of my tips for the garden going into June.

Temp Range 112/73
Arizona was visited by a scorcher in 1990 of an unofficial high of 126.

In addition to air temperatures, bare soil surface temperatures during a summer day can approach that of asphalt, 180 degrees!

June through August in the Desert Southwest is the equivalent of winter in North Dakota — you maintain what you have planted, taking special care of young or sensitive plants. With the exception of August when the heavy pre-fall "seed" planting begins, it is a good idea to hold off on any major transplanting until the fall when the temperatures (below 90 daytime) drop back to prime planting weather.

Typically we do not see below 90 daytime temperatures (except on a rainy day) from May 29 to September 29th.

If you have to transplant (as opposed to sowing seed) plants, our Flower Mulching* technique can be used to protect young plants by canopying the soil around them, placing the flowering plants very close to the base of the young plants.  *Use a 6 pack of your favorite heat-loving flowers to surround each transplant - about 3-5 plants depending on the size of the transplant.

Heavy watering requirements may result in yellowing of leaves due to iron deficiency, especially of fruit trees (Chlorosis). Apply Ironite (or green sand) before next watering to correct.

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Deane took a bunch of pictures the other day highlighting all of our wonderful garden production.

Starting from upper left:  White Alpine Strawberry, Apricots, Apples, Indigo Rose Cherry Tomato, Peaches, Red Alpine Strawberry, Red Sunflower, Red Cherry Tomato.

The Indigo Rose Tomato is new to us this year and we love it! 

-- Catherine, The Herb Lady

If you would like one of my gardening "tools" Amazon has both of my books (gardening and cooking), and you can still order my 2016 calendar as a print or PDF - you can consider it a perpetual helper to aid in sowing and planting at the optimal time for best success.

Note: If you use the Amazon links I do get a small commission for any purchases made.

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