We have included some monthly to-dos and helpful tips to help members keep up with their gardens. Enjoy!
Please feel free to contact Kian S if you would like to contribute gardening tips and suggestions.
What a cold and wet month May has been! Cool weather vegetables are growing well, but those of us who have set out our warm weather vegetables are just waiting for some warmth to kick-start the summer growing season! Of course, there are slugs and snails galore because of the rain...
Sowing indoors: Most vegetables can be sown outside. If the weather gets too warm and sunny in late June, some fall/winter crops can be started in some shade to give them a chance to germinate before drying out.
Sowing outdoors: Succession sow summer vegetables such as carrots, cilantro, Asian greens, beans, cucumber and squash. Late June is a good time to sow the seeds of vegetables for fall/winter harvest in flats or trays, and to transplant them into the spaces as the summer vegetables get harvested. Check seed catalogs for varieties of cabbage, lettuce, beets and Asian greens that are suitable to winter over. Transplants of leeks and Brussels sprouts can be set in the ground, and turnips, rutabagas and other root crops can be sown directly.
For a detailed planting calendar, please refer to
By now the rest of the garden should be exploding in color. Deadhead peonies irises and other flowering perennials and annuals such as sweet peas and cosmos as they go over. Trim and shear lavender plants after the flowering ends, to maintain their shape and prevent them from becoming too leggy. Just remember not to cut into the woody stems or they won't regrow. Salvias and geraniums can also be sheared back after flowering to encourage a smaller second flush of flowers. Monitor water needs of plants as weather continues to warm up.