Califonia Bountiful

Gardening to-do list for June/July

June/July 2012 California Bountiful magazine

Here are some general guidelines for California gardeners, as spring makes way for summer.


  • Water early in the day to conserve water.
  • Set mower blades to highest setting; this also conserves water.
  • Plant snap beans, lima beans, cucumbers, eggplants, peppers, squash and tomato plants.
  • Fertilize camellias and azaleas.
  • Deadhead roses to encourage new blooms.
  • Cut cannas to the ground after they bloom and they'll send up new stems and bloom again.
  • Fertilize citrus.
  • Prune oleanders after bloom.
  • Pinch back dahlias and mums to encourage new growth for bushier plants with more blooms.


  • Prune wisteria now to keep plants under control and for bigger blooms next spring. Tie some of the strappy stems to support and encourage them to grow where you want them. Cut the rest back to within 6 inches of the main branches.
  • Wondering when corn is ripe? Silk will start to dry up and kernels of corn, if pressed with a fingernail, will release a milky liquid.
  • Clean up fallen fruit, vegetables and flowers around plants to head off future pest problems.
  • Cut back Mexican evening primrose for a second flush of bloom in late summer.
  • Watch berry vines: Canes that produced fruit need to be cut down at the end of the season; they won't bear fruit again.
  • Divide and replant irises.
  • Plant a second crop of corn, beans and radishes.



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