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June Gardening Guide

Welcome to St. Louis Composting's gardening blog! As we embrace the warmth of June in St. Louis, it's the perfect time to nurture our gardens and watch them flourish. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you grow an abundance of vegetables right in your own backyard.



Just Add Water

Proper watering is crucial for a thriving garden. Here are some tips to ensure your plants get the hydration they need:


Deep Watering

Water your plants deeply to encourage strong root growth. Aim to water early in the morning or late in the afternoon to minimize evaporation. This helps the water reach the roots rather than evaporating in the midday heat.


Mulch Magic

Apply a layer of mulch around your plants to help retain moisture in the soil and reduce the frequency of watering. Mulch also helps to keep weeds at bay, giving your plants the best chance to thrive.


Monitor Moisture Levels

Regularly check the soil moisture and adjust your watering schedule accordingly. Remember, it's better to water deeply and less frequently than to water shallowly and often. This promotes healthier root systems and more resilient plants.


Pruning and Deadheading

Keeping your garden tidy and promoting healthy growth is essential. Stay on top of pruning and deadheading with these tips:


Remove Dead Flowers

Regularly deadhead spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming and prevent the plant from putting energy into seed production. This keeps your garden looking vibrant and ensures that your plants keep producing flowers.


Prune Wisely

Trim back overgrown branches and stems to improve airflow and sunlight penetration. Be sure to use clean, sharp tools to minimize damage to the plant. Pruning not only keeps your garden looking neat but also promotes healthier growth.


The Scoop on Fertilization

Giving your plants the nutrients they need is key to a bountiful garden. Here’s how to fertilize effectively:


Natural Boost

Consider using organic fertilizers or compost to nourish your plants naturally. These options provide slow-release nutrients and improve soil health over time. Organic fertilizers are a great way to keep your garden sustainable and environmentally friendly.


Schedule

Follow fertilizing schedules for different types of plants, and be mindful not to over-fertilize. Over-fertilization can lead to nutrient imbalances and environmental pollution. A well-timed fertilization schedule ensures that your plants get what they need without the risk of overfeeding.


Share Your Garden Success Stories

We’d love to hear about your gardening triumphs and challenges. Join the conversation on social media and share your photos, tips, and questions with our community of garden enthusiasts. Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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