Here are some gardening tips for the months of May and June:
• Make third plantings of vegetables mentioned for April (snap beans, corn, squash, lima beans).
• Control grass and weeds; they compete for moisture and fertilizer.
• Locate mulching materials for such crops as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, Irish potatoes, okra and lima beans.
Apply before dry spells occur but after plants are well established (usually by blooming time).
• Pole beans cling to the trellis or sticks more readily if attached by the time they start running.
• Try a few tomato plants on stakes or trellises this year. Now is the time to start removing suckers and tying the plants up.
• Watch out for the “10 most wanted culprits:” Mexican bean beetle, Colorado potato beetle, bean leaf beetle, Harlequin cabbage bug, blister beetle, cabbage worm, tomato hornworm, tomato fruit worm (and corn earworm), cucumber beetle and squash bug. Early discovery makes possible early control.
Follow the schedule given in the Georgia Pesticide Management Handbook, for control of corn earworm and pickleworm.
• Begin disease control measures as needed. Check with the county extension office for more information.
• Water as needed.
• Mulch as needed.
• Keep a log book of problems and failures that occur so you can avoid or prevent them in the next planting season. Note successful techniques and varieties for consideration next season.
• Make plans now for putting up some of your garden produce. Check with the county extension office for more information.
• Harvest vegetables such as beans, peas, squash, cucumbers and okra regularly to prolong production and enjoy peak freshness.
• Eat “high on the hog” this month and in July and preserve enough to last during the winter months ahead.
• For best results, harvest onions and Irish potatoes when two-thirds of the tops have died down.
Store potatoes in a cool, dark place and onions in a dry, airy place.
• Clean off rows of early crops as soon as they are through bearing and use rows for replanting or keep them fallow for fall crops.
• Water as needed.
• Plant sweet potatoes and a second planting of Southern peas.
Remember to always make gardening fun. Enjoy the sunshine, listen to the birds sing.
For the complete vegetable garden calendar please visit http://extension.uga.edu/content/dam/extension-county-offices/forsyth-county/anr/Vegetable_garden_calendar.PDF.
For information on how to perform a soil test please visit: http://extension.uga.edu/content/dam/extension-county-offices/forsyth-county/Soil%20Test%20Trifold.PDF.
A soil sample cost $10 cash or check made payable to Forsyth County Extension/4-H.
Please make sure you have 2 cups of soil and it is dry.
As always, the Forsyth County Extension Office is here to help.
You can visit the website www.ugaextension.org/forsyth or call (770) 887-2418.
Come by the office at 5110 Piney Grove Road, Cumming, GA 30040. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
We also can be reached via email at email@example.com.
Beverly Adams is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Assistant for the UGA Extension Forsyth County.