Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association


June, 2001
Regional Report

Clean Birdbaths

If you have a birdbath in your yard, keep it filled with water each day. Remember to clean it out and refill it with fresh clean water frequently. This will help keep the birds healthy and control mosquitoes by removing any mosquito larvae.

Harvest Beans

Bush beans will keep producing longer if you harvest often, even daily. Harvest the beans carefully, so you don\'t destroy any developing pods. Beans may be picked as soon as they are large enough to eat (3 to 4 inches long). Pick them by holding the bean pod in one hand and grabbing the plant with the other. This will help you avoid yanking the plant out of the ground.

Harvest Dill

Dill provides a great flavoring for deviled eggs, potato salad, herb breads, and specialty vinegar. Dill seeds or flowers are also a traditional garnish in homemade pickles. When harvesting fresh dill, leave a plant or two in the garden to bloom, set seed, mature, and self sow for you. Next spring, you\'ll have many young seedlings emerging naturally.

Water Daylilies

Daylilies (Hemerocallis) are generally considered to be drought-tolerant, sun-loving plants, but they bloom their best if grown in good garden soil, fertilized, and watered deeply during dry spells. This is especially true for repeat bloomers such as 'Stella d'Oro'.

Garden Safety

When operating weed whackers or lawn mowers, wear closed toe shoes and eye protection. Gardening gloves will protect your hands and fingernails from a multitude of woes. A sun hat, sun screen, and frequent water breaks will keep you strong while working during the heat of the day.


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