Monthly Garden Calendar for Northeastern United States

Organic Gardening Month-to-Month Almanac

By Amy Goldman


My garden never looks as good as it does now, at the height of summer. I want to freeze the frame, and just take a moment out to admire the tidy rows, the weed-free zones, the flaming colors, and the lushness of it all. Visitors and small groups are welcome to check out the territory too. The favorite stop on the tour is always the Isolation Garden, the place where heirloom vegetables are grown for seed alone. By simply isolating varieties by distance from others with which they might cross, even a novice seed saver can preserve our vanishing vegetable heritage.

Keep The Work Up. Keep up with what I call the Big Five: watering, weeding, feeding, thinning, and cultivating.

Pest Prevention. Be vigilant about pests and intervene early. Handpick or use organic sprays, as needed.

Daffodil Cutting. Now is the time to cut down unsightly daffodil foliage.

Plant One More Round. Plant another round of fast-maturing string beans and lettuces, and sow seeds for fall harvests such as cole crops, peas and carrots.

Harvest A Bonanza of Berries. Pick gooseberries, blueberries and raspberries. Make jam or freeze for winter use.

Pull 'Em Up. By month's end, pull mature onions, garlic, and potatoes. I cure mine a few weeks on screens in a well ventilated garage.

Seed Saving. To learn more about seed saving techniques, contact the Seed Savers Exchange at (563) 382-5990 or visit their website: Come to their annual Camp Out Convention in Decorah, IA, the third weekend in July.