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June Gardening - Top Ten Growing Tips

Gardening Tip #1: There's two tricks to growing a successful crop of blueberries. First, the soil needs to be acidic. Secondly, you need to keep the birds away from the maturing fruit. Unprotected, they will beat you to the harvest every time. More on Growing Blueberries

Gardening Tip #2: Those fertilizers that boldly claim to promote big blooms on your flowers and vegetables, are high in Phosphorous, and low in nitrogen.  If you want big, bright blooms focus on the phosphorous levels n the fertilizer you buy. More on Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium.......

Gardening Tip #3: Chives are one of the earliest herbs. If you want to prolong the harvest, they need to be cut back, to continue to produce. It is time to do so, as the flowerheads, with thick, woody shoots, begin to appear. Cut them back to just an inch from the level of the soil. They will soon regrow new, tender shoots.  More on growing Chives......

Gardening Tip #4: If your Lilac bush is in need of a trim, do so within a couple of weeks after this years blooms. Next year's blooms form very quickly. You don't want to risk removing next year's blooms. More on Pruning Lilacs....

Gardening Tip #5: So, you think you don't have any space to grow flowers, vegetables, or herbs? Are you out of space in your garden, yet have plants leftover? Look up...look down.... and try Vertical Gardening! About Vertical gardens

Gardening Tip #6: Strawberries develop seeds on the outside of the fruit. These tiny seeds can be a challenge to grow. It's far easier to take a baby plant that forms at the end of a runner stem off of the Mother plant. More on Growing Strawberries  Also see: Strawberry Jam recipe

Gardening Tip #7:  A big reason why we grow our own vegetables, is to do to provide healthier food for our families. Home gardeners are always seeking ways to grow a little more organically. Some plants provide insect and pest protection to other plants. Some plants provide nutrients. Companion plants allow you to use less pesticides and fewer chemical fertilizers. More on Companion Plants........

Gardening Tip # 8: Kids and adults are fascinated by pumpkins. Growing pumpkins is a lot of fun. Do you want to grow the biggest pumpkin in the 'Hood? How to grow big, big Pumpkins......

Gardening Tip #9: You absolutely admire your friends favorite rose bush. Don't you wish you could get an exact duplicate for your rose garden? Ask for a cutting. Learn how to grow roses from cuttings..........

Gardening Tip #10: This easy to grow flower gets its name, as the flower blooms in mid afternoon. It attracts Hummingbirds. It is a prolific reseeder. This cherished flower, is also called the "Marvel of Peru". Grow Four O'Clocks.................

June Gardening Holidays :

June 6 - National Gardening Exercise Day - a healthy day for you and your plants.

June 12 - Red Rose Day

June 16 - Fresh Veggies Day - fresh from your garden.

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