- Attract beneficial insects to your landscape by planting a wide variety of flowering annuals and perennials that will bloom over the entire growing season. Good choices are plants in the following families: daisy (marigolds, daisies, asters, mums), carrot (dill, fennel, anise, yarrow, parsley) and mint (all mints and thymes).
- Pinch out the flower buds of fall blooming asters, mums, goldenrod and other fall bloomers to keep plants bushy and prevent early flowering.
- Fertilize houseplants now that they are actively growing again.
- If you want to take your houseplants outdoors, keep them out of full-sun locations until they are fully acclimated to outdoor conditions.
- Monitor houseplants that are outside for insect problems.
- The suckers or succulent shoots that develop from tomato plants at the soil line should be removed throughout the season. You can plant these suckers for a late crop.
- Now is a good time to plant a second crop of radishes, beets, and beans to make full use of available garden space. View the (PDF) of our Vegetable Planting Calendar to plan for more succession planting schedules.
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