Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

June, 2011
Regional Report

Water Vegetables Diligently

As garden vegetables grow with longer days and warmer temperatures, irrigate with one or two inches of water per week. Deep watering promotes healthier growth and deeper roots.

Pinch Back Hardy Mums

To keep your chrysanthemums compact and delay early blooms, pinch back the tops when the stems reach about 8 to 10 inches in height. Repeat pinching each time they reach that height until mid-July.

Stake or Cage Tomatoes

To promote more production and help air circulation, take time to stake or place cages around tomato plants. Gently secure the stems with garden twine or twist ties so they can be kept within bounds.

Cut Back Pansies

As heat makes pansies wane in their blooming, pinch back the old flowers and leggy growth. This will help to rejuvenate the plants and get them ready for more blooms as weather cools in late summer and fall.

Feed Rose Bushes

As your roses start to put on their show of blooms, fertilize with a complete rose food. I prefer an organic-based granular fertilizer that can be worked around the plants. Water in thoroughly.


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