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June: Things to do in your garden now to keep it healthy, growing and pretty

Lisa Ziegler of The Gardener's Workshop offers these tips for June gardening; shop her online gardening supply shop at www.shoptgw.com.

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Larger containers are easier

to take care of then several small ones. The larger the mass of soil, the less often you need to water and the healthier your plants will be. You will reap these benefits more and more with each passing hot day.

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Remember to get the weeds

while they are small. The hoes I use in our garden make weeding an easy and non-back-breaking chore.

to see our easy-to-use hoes.

Mulch, Mulch, Mulch. Mulch

immediately after planting to prevent weeds from sprouting.

Continue planting

warm season annuals until mid-summer such as zinnias, sunflowers and tomatoes.

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Be sure to have plenty of fresh water in your flower and vegetable gardens for the birds and squirrels.

This will keep them from eating your produce for moisture, and their bathing will entertain.

Use shredded mail and newspaper

as the carbon/brown matter in your compost bin. It breaks down quickly and we all have lots of it.

to see compost supplies.

Feed the birds

. They will return all summer to eat bad bugs.

Plant vines for vertical interest

. I plant the annuals Heavenly Blue Morning Glory and Moonflower together for a gorgeous display of blue and white flowers. Plus the hummingbird moth comes and visits the freshly opened moonflowers each evening at dusk-

Cover your newly-planted seeds and plants with a floating row cover until established.

They will grow quicker and it will prevent the squirrels from digging them up!

Top off all bare ground

with a layer of compost and mulch to prevent weeds and soil erosion.

Compost

all healthy refuse from your garden.

It's never too late to start seeds.

There are seeds to be started in every month. We plant summer annuals once a month starting in late April until July. These include sunflowers, zinnias, cockscombs, tomatoes, squash, and many others.

Harvest most spring flowers

just as they begin to crack open. Place in flower food and the blooms will continue to open indoors in a cool spot free of wind and bugs. The quality of the bloom will be greatly improved and the bloom will last longer.

Remember to scout for seedlings

in your garden. I often find sunflowers, zinnias and cockscomb that have reseeded. Hand weed carefully!

• We mulch our gardens deeply immediately

after planting plants or once the plants are 6-10" tall if we planted seed in the garden. We use any organic product that is available in masses to include, but not limited to: bark, leaves, compost and straw. Then we feel like our garden is ready for summer.

• Place a birdbath near a window you frequently look out.

The variety of birds drawn to water far exceeds those at feeders. We have bluebirds splashing in our baths most mornings in spring and fall. Even a trashcan lid turned over and filled with water will do the job.

Visit TGW TV and our Learning Center for Tips and References

Use your garden fork

to open the soil around the drip line of your shrubs and beyond, then mulch with compost. Your shrubs will be thanking you all next season.

One inch of compost

used as mulch or laid on top of the soil under mulch will feed your ornamental landscape or your lawn for 1 year. No other fertilizers are needed.

Events and Public Group Programs

Meet and see Lisa at these Virginia events:

May to September, Port Warwick Farmer's Market:

Every Wednesday May through September. Opening market is May 2, 8am to 1pm. Located on Styron Square in Port Warwick,

Newport News

, Virginia.

for more information.

May to September 15, Yorktown Market Days at the River:

Every Saturday May 12 through September 15, 8am to 12noon. Located on the river in Historic

Yorktown

, Virginia.

for more information.

September 12, Princess Anne Garden Club Event, Doug Tallamy Seminar,

Lisa will be set-up as a vendor. Virginia Beach, VA. More details TBA.

September 15, Monticello Harvest Festival,

Lisa will give the lecture and slide show "Easy Fall-Planted Cut Flowers from Seed". TGW will also be set-up as a vendor. Located in

Charlottesville

, Virginia. Pre-registration is required.

, scroll down to Saturday 10:15 workshops to register.

September 20, Guilford Gardening Seminar and Gala,

Lisa will give the lecture and slide show "Easy Fall-Planted Cut Flowers from Seed". TGW will also be set up as a vendor. Hosted by the Guilford, North Carolina Master Gardeners in Greensboro, NC. Details TBA.

September 29, The Currituck North Carolina Master Gardeners

are hosting a fall planting seminar with Lisa. More details to come.

October 10, The Fall Flower Festival hosted by the Virginia Beach Garden Club

at the Convention Center, VA Beach, VA. Details TBA. TGW will be set-up as a vendor.

October 22, Piedmont District Meeting

in

Richmond

, VA. TGW will be set-up as a vendor. Details TBA

November 29 to December 2, Bizarre Bazaar, The Christmas Collection

at the Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. Details TBA. TGW will be set-up as a vendor

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