June Tips for nw gardeners

 

GARDEN

Your plants need water to thrive, especially annuals and those newly planted. Even if we get some rainy days in June, it's best to start a regular watering schedule now.

Need help creating your summer containers? 

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our Container Design Department to learn what we can do!

EDIBLES

There's still time to plant tomatoes and peppers! It's also the perfect time to put cucumber, melon, and squash plants out in the garden or into containers. Learn all about tomatoes.

Did you know that flowers can not only enhance the beauty of your edible garden, but help your vegetables thrive? In this blog post Hilary Dahl and Kellie Phelan of Seattle Urban Farm Company share their favorite flowers to enhance your vegetable garden. And check out this post on the Secrets of Companion Planting to attract pollinators and deter pests. 

Love to cook with herbs? Learn how to make a "pizza" herb garden - an activity that great for the whole family!  

Check our blog category Edible Gardening for helpful posts about all things edible.

INDOOR PLANTS

In Spring, most houseplants begin to grow more actively. Start applying a fertilizer formulated specifically for indoor plants. Be sure to follow the directions on the product label for best results.

Fiddle leaf figs have a reputation as temperamental, but with the right care, your fig can thrive! On the blog: How to care for your fiddle leaf fig.

Did you keep a citrus plant indoors for the winter? Citrus benefits from an outdoor vacation in warmer weather but it is important to slowly acclimate your plant to outdoor conditions! Start by putting the plant out in the shade. After a few days slowly begin to move it to bright, but indirect light. Learn more about caring for you citrus plants here.

LAWN CARE

Begin mowing regularly now. Remember, the height of the grass generally equals the depth of the roots, so keeping grass a little longer helps build a strong support system. Mow on a medium setting, cutting off no more than 30% at a time. Leaving clippings on the lawn can also help mulch and protect it.

You can aerate, topdress, and overseed your lawn through the month of June. Remember to keep it well watered during these activities! 

In summer, lawns need approximately 1" of irrigation per week to stay green and healthy! Even if you plan to let your lawn go dormant, water about once a month to keep it from dying back completely.


 

Plant Care Library

At Swansons, we’re dedicated to growing the smartest, hippest, and healthiest gardeners in the Pacific Northwest. Below is a library filled with pages on what we grow in Seattle. Just remember, we were all novices once, and no one knows it all. So enjoy, keep learning, and happy gardening!

Looking for more Pacific Northwest gardening resources? Here is a list of our community partners.