June To-Do List

Broadfork -- 8-15-2014

It is that time of year again, and the garden chores are exploding.  Fortunately, summer break is almost here, so I will soon have time to go after them with a vengeance.


  • Photograph the entire garden.
  • Prepare new beds by smothering them in horse manure.


  • Clean and sharpen the pruners.
  • Edge the beds.
  • Clean areas where houseplants are displayed, including washing the outsides of the pots.
  • Any plants that have been planted in the last three years need a weekly check.
  • Turn the compost pile.

Fruits, Nuts, and Berries

  • Plant the new apple tree.

Vegetable Garden

  • Continue planting and weeding.
  • Keep the garlic bed well-weeded.

Herb Garden

  • Continue planting and weeding.

Flower Garden


  • Put compost around the spent bulbs.

Native Plants:

  • Weed around the Indian plum.


  • Divide primroses and plant them by the roses.
  • Cut back perennials if they are getting spent or leggy.


  • Transplant the one remaining backyard rose to the front bed.
  • Spread compost over the roses.
  • Weed around the roses.
  • Tie climbers to the trellis horizontally.  This will produce more blooms.
  • Remove any blind shoots.
  • Check for blackspot and remove if necessary.
  • Make sure roses are watered to a depth of one foot.
  • For repeat bloomers, deadhead spent flowers, pruning back to the first outward-facing leaf bud.


  • Plant the cottonberry bush, making sure it is well-watered the day before.
  • Keep up with the weeding.
  • Prune if necessary.


  • Fertilize every two weeks (once per month for succulents).
  • Keep well-watered.  Fill the entire pot with water, pouring out the saucers immediately after.
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