Gardener’s To-Do List: June Edition

A zone-by-zone checklist for the beginning of summer.


June To-Do List for Zone 8Zone 8

  • Plant mums, balsam, cockscomb, wax begonias, salvia, dusty miller, blanket flower (Gaillardia spp.), geraniums, marigolds, verbena, and vinca (Catharanthus roseus).
  • Plant bulbs or tubers of irises, cannas, water lilies, dahlias, and daylilies.
  • Replenish mulches around plants to keep weeds down and conserve moisture.
  • Plant a cover crop in vacant beds.
  • Plant mustard and turnips for harvesting tender baby leaves.
  • Work compost into beds, then plant fall crops of peppers and eggplant.
  • Direct-seed collards and tomatoes for fall harvest.
  • Continue planting cantaloupes, corn, cucumbers, okra, peanuts, southern peas, summer squash, sweet potatoes, and bush beans.
  • Thin fruit trees early in the month; mulch root area with a thin layer of compost, topped with 3 inches of organic mulch.

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