Alan's June Gardening Tips

•  Protect soft skin fruit: peaches, apricots & nectarines from pesky critters. Wrapping your tree with netting allows sun and air in while making it harder for the critters to get your fruit.

•  Ants love summer weather: They farm aphids, scale, mealy bugs & other insects.  Use Earth-tone Insect Killer or child and pet safe Dr. Earth Final Stop. Apply only to trails or nesting areas.

•  Prevent spider mite infestations: Spray roses, camellias & citrus with All Season’s Horticultural Oil or Safer’s Insecticidal Soap. Apply in the early morning before the sun is up to minimize over-spraying on our friendly bees.

•  Speaking of BEES: Help bring them back by planting: Scabiosa, Gloriosa Daisy, Borage, Basil, Monarda, Mint & more…

•  Summer vegetables: There’s still time to plant; corn, beets, onions, squash, & modern tomatoes.  Hybrids such as Better Boy, Early Girl & Sungold Cherry are heat tolerant, disease resistant and tasty!!

•  Protect your skin from the sun: Most gardeners -- including myself -- forget to do this. Wear a hat & sunscreen while working in your yard.