By Mary Ann Giles, Master Gardener
Now is a time when most gardeners are enjoying the first fruits of their labor; strawberries are ripening, peas are plentiful and lettuces are ready for picking.
June is the wettest month in Minnesota. On the average, we may see anywhere from 11 to 13 days of rainfall dropping an average of 4.3 to 4.9 inches of water. A garden in June typically requires an inch of water per week. But, beware, quick passing storms can deceive us into thinking our plants do not need watering. A rain gauge is a must for any gardener. For more on wise watering practices, read this article from the University of Minnesota Extension.
On average, June’s temperatures range anywhere from 75 to 82 degrees.
Now that we have most of our plants in the ground, going back through and weeding around your plants would be beneficial. Weeds suck nutrients and water away from your plants and spending 15 to 20 minutes a day weeding will make a difference. Pruning spring flowering plants is often done in June; keeping your garden nice and tidy.
If you haven’t already, June is a good time to do some mulching. Mulching will help keep the weeds down and retain moisture, getting your plants ready for the upcoming warmer months. Check out UMN Extension this article for more information about maintaining a healthy soil environment in your garden. Also, if you don’t have your entire garden in, don’t worry, June is still a good time for you to finish sowing those plants and bulbs.