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Florida gardening in June

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Florida gardening in June
Florida gardening in June. Clockwise from top: Phalaenopsis orchids, beauty berry bush in bloom, oregano and monarch caterpillars on a milkweed plant

Florida gardening in June. Clockwise from top: Phalaenopsis orchids, beauty berry bush in bloom, oregano and monarch caterpillars on a milkweed plant

It’s June and hurricane season now for the next six months, and the weather has played right into this with perfect timing. I had to duck outside between showers the past two days to take a few photos. The good news is I won’t have to water my plants or yard as often, if at all, because the rain will take care of that for me.

Right now, my back yard looks pretty good. I know the extra rain and sunshine for the summer will make plants grow exponentially, so I’ll have to stay on top of the trimming — or else my yard will become a jungle. (It has happened before!) The vegetables are done growing for the season, except for I think four green beans. I am going to rip out the rest of the tomato plants and put them out of their heat- and bug-induced misery.

In their place, I can plant some herbs like basil, ginger, cumin and rosemary. I don’t have any experience with ginger or cumin. My oregano patch is going strong a year and a half later, and I still have some mint too.

According to the Florida Gardening Calendar by the UF/IFAS Extension, I should also prune back flowering shrubs to encourage them to flower more, check on palms to make sure they’re in good shape, and do some soil solarization to rejuvenate retired veggie patches.

What’s going on with your Florida yard or garden?

  1. It is funny to think your vegetable growing season is already done and ours is yet to begin!!
    Gorgeous flowers!

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