Monthly Garden Calendar for Northeastern United States

Organic Gardening Month-to-Month Almanac

By Amy Goldman


The best compliment I ever got came from my instructor, Ted Moores, on an alumni Outward Bound expedition to the Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories of Canada, 25 years ago. Portaging around what's known as "The Dangerous River", with a canoe on my shoulders and a Duluth pack on my back — weighing as much as me —he said in his gruff voice I was "Strong like moose". That still holds true today, although my venue has changed. The garden is my element now, my connection to the natural world. It's where I quietly flex my muscles, exhilarated by the effort of sowing and reaping.

Summer Reading. If life is too tame in your garden, read R.M. Patterson's classic outdoor adventure story, The Dangerous River (Stoddart Publishing Co., 1989).

Finish What You Started In May. Keep busy planting annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees.

Keep Your Garden In Shape. Do routine maintenance: water, weed, feed, thin, and cultivate.

Don't Forget To Deadhead. Deadhead spent flowers, and pinch back eggplants and chrysanthemums to encourage branching.

Vine Borer Battle. Keep vine borers away from vining crops by wrapping aluminum foil around the base of the stems, at soil level.

Harvest Time. Harvest peas, strawberries, leafy vegetables, and radishes.