Go out and pick the roses. Be sure to cut your rose (Rosa spp. and cvs., Zones 3-9) blossoms often, both for summer bouquets and to ensure continuous bloom production.
Fill in the veggie garden for summer. Switch over to planting heat-tolerant lettuce varieties in the vegetable garden, and continue adding to your summer vegetables if space allows.
Tend the strawberry patch. Check your strawberry patch frequently for slugs, snails, and earwigs. Fertilize now for healthy plants and continued berry production.
Keep the birds away from your fruit. Protect fruit trees, strawberries, and cane berries with bird netting.
Fionuala Campion is the owner and manager of Cottage Gardens of Petaluma in Petaluma, California.
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