Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Middle South

June, 2006
Regional Report

Nurture Geraniums

Geraniums bloom in cycles, and it's important to keep them from resting too long between bursts of bloom. To keep the flower clusters coming, clip off old blossoms weekly and regularly fertilize plants growing in containers.

Root Cuttings

Increase your supply of coleus, mint, lemon balm, and many other herbs by rooting stem cuttings. Take a cutting about 4 inches long, remove lower leaves, and trim large leaves in half to reduce wilting. Then poke a hole in a container of moist potting soil and stick in the cutting. Firm the soil lightly, then place the pots out of direct sunlight and cover loosely with clear plastic. The plants should form roots and start producing new growth in a few weeks.

Prune Roses

Help hybrid teas and other reblooming roses make a quick comeback by pruning off old flowers. After pruning, inspect and treat outbreaks of black spot. Some roses won't rebloom no matter what you do, so don't despair if you don't see new buds forming.

Maintain Your Lawn Mower

Each time you mow, remember to check your lawn mower's oil level and change it regularly, according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Also check the blade and replace it if it's dull or badly chipped. A dull blade shreds grass, leaving it prone to disease problems.

Harvest Blueberries

Blueberries easy to pick, a cinch to freeze, and always delicious to eat. Plus, blueberries are among the most nutritious fruits. If you don't grow blueberries in your garden, look for a pick-your-own farm to patronize.


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