June Gardening To-Do List for Kansas City
What should I be doing in my garden in the month of June if I live in Kansas City? Have you ever wondered what other organic urban gardeners are doing right now in their yards or on their properties? This little collection on tasks will help boost your brain to start on own June Gardening To-Do List. Add a comment below with what additional tasks are on your radar for June.
- Kale, lettuce, cucumbers, summer/winter squash: Plant another round of them, if you have room in your gardens. These are also great to plug into open spaced in your flower beds.
- Tomatoes: Plant another round of them to diversify harvest throughout the season. In Kansas City, where we have hard clay soil, you can actually increase your root systems for greater water intake by following these easy steps. First, pinch off the bottom layers of leaves, only leaving 2 – 3 sets on the top of the seedling. Second, plant the seedling all the way up to the top of the plant leaving only the remaining leaves above the ground. Because tomatoes will grow roots from the hairs on the stem, the entire stem under the soil will produce roots. This should only be done with seedlings up to 6-8″ tall. Lastly, be sure to give it a good watering from your rain barrel when you finish.
- Plant extra bean seedlings everywhere you can. Yes, everywhere you can. The bush beans are excellent off the plant (raw), can be cooked, and some can be dried. The best part, in my humble opinion, is that the green beans are nitrogen fixers and help repair the soil.
- Transplanting: It’s the chance to move perennials for a few months. Once Kansas City summers get hot, it’s really a challenge to transplant your perennials without over stressing them too much. Now is a GREAT time to transplant coneflowers, yarrow, black-eyed Susans, penstemons, etc.
- Cut back mums: Yeah, go to town. Cut them back quite a bit. Leave only about 1/3 of the plant. You do NOT want this to ever develop buds, so if you see them forming again – give it a hair cut.
Fruit Trees and Food Forests
- Ground Cherry seedlings can go into the ground. Plant them around the base of trees to provide shade for the root systems, but allow enough light to get through to produce a harvest. These will often self-seed, so plant in an area where you are ok with them spreading. However, the taste of these berries is incredible, you will not regret planting them.
- Herbs around fruit trees: Woody and smelly herbs are great at two things: keeping pests away (deer and bad bugs) and attracting native bees for pollination. Wait, I lied… three things. They are also a great ground cover under the young fruit trees. Plant yarrow, bronze fennel, dill, oregano, thyme, chives, or garlic chives in clusters around the base of each fruit tree. Let them spread and grow wild.
- Harvest elderberry flowers: If you are making elderflower tinctures, teas, or wine – now is your time to harvest! Make the good stuff when flowers are at their peak.
Chickens, Quail, and Critters
- Chickens: Many folks who bought the spring chickens are now free ranging their birds. They are not laying yet, so do NOT give the calcium. Stay on a great grower feed until the first eggs arrive. My preference is a high protein feed with lots of seed varieties. Around here, we have a company called Thayer feed, which makes organic / non-gmo feeds at a really great price. There are some tips I can give you later on how to make that feed go WAY farther to get more bang for your buck.
- Quail: It’s starting to get hot, to be sure to keep their water filled at all times. It helps (once a week) to add a tsp of apple cider vinegar to their waterer. It will keep them healthy and active. As you weed the garden, you can also give them an occasional worm for additional protein in their diet. Their cooing and songs will be as nice of a reward as the healthy eggs they will produce.
Comment Below and let us know what YOU are doing this week in your garden.
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