Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Pacific Northwest

June, 2001
Regional Report

Harvest Peas

Young peas, harvested at their peak, are sweet and crisp. Harvest them when pods are full sized but before they begin to bulge. Pick peas regularly, and the plants will continue to produce new pods until the weather gets too warm for them to produce.

Thin Seedlings

If you broadcasted seeds of carrots, beets, radishes, or onions in your veggie garden, now's the time to thin. Remove enough seedlings to provide 2 to 4 inches of space between plants. Add thinnings to fresh salads for a real flavor boost.

Fertilize Lawns

Use a 3-1-2 ratio of N-P-K fertilizer on your lawn. Apply this fertilizer at a rate of one pound of actual nitrogen fertilizer per 1,000 square feet of lawn. Water well after applying. Thick, deep-rooted lawns will crowd out weeds and help the lawn endure the occasional summer drought.

Thin Apples

Fruit trees often set more fruit than they can mature. Trees go through a natural thinning process in early June, dropping fruits that haven't been properly fertilized. After this natural fruit drop, hand-thin remaining fruits, leaving only one or two per cluster. With less competition for nutrients and water, these remaining fruits will be larger and of better quality.

Build a Flower Basket

Hanging flower baskets are great for putting color right at eye level. Select a container that's about 12 inches in diameter to create a large, full display. Fill it with light, loose, moistened potting soil--then plant. Baskets can be devoted to one plant or a combination of greenery and flowers. Suitable plants for containers include trailing or cascading ivy, vinca, thyme, and mint. For color, grow impatiens, verbena, dwarf marigolds, or creeping petunias.


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