June gloom may be looming but it’s still a good month to be planting as it’s getting warmer (June gloom = the warm air mass that pulls cool ocean air inland). Plant now before it gets too hot in the next few months.
- Continue planting warm season annuals & vegetables
- Dahlias, salvia & zinnias
- Pumpkin seeds for Halloween time!
- Pinch off/deadhead summer flowers to promote more blooms
- Water warm season annuals and veggies
- Clematis –They like their feet cool and their face in the sun! They are an awesome hydrangea companion plant, let them crawl through the hydrangea branches as a trellis.
- If you don’t see any of the beneficial bugs in your garden, you can purchase them at nurseries or online such as ladybugs and lacewings to release in your garden (a fun activity to do with kids) so they can protect your garden all summer from aphids and other invaders.
Most of this information is from my personal gardening experiences in coastal Southern California. I refer to these basic ‘Monthly To Do’s’ as a basic guide as well as my garden journal notes. They are always evolving and continually updated.
I have also compiled some of this information from these highly recommended sources such as: Green Thumb Nursery, OC Register (Home & Garden section), Rogers Gardens (Ron Vanderhoff’s monthly checklists are extremely detailed), Sunset magazine, UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County and Pat Welsh’s ‘Southern California Gardening’ book (this book is a must have)!