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  • Dead-head tulips.

  • Mow grass when it reaches 3-4 inches. Set the mower to 2 1/2 to 3 inches. 

     

  • Hold off mulching until the soil is warm.

     

  • Plant lettuce, beans, corn and carrots.

     

  • Plant tomatoes when the lilacs bloom. Sprinkle a teaspoon of Epsom salts into the hole where they go to provide magnesium.

     

  • Plant marigolds, zinnias and nasturtiums in and around vegetables and flower beds to repel insects. Plant gladiolas at 2 week intervals. 

     

  • It's time to weed dandelions, before they flower and set seed. 

     

  • Fertilize any bulbs that are up. 

     

  • Stake peonies and other tall growing plants before they get too big.

     

  • Cut back tall perennials like bee balm and phlox to control height. 

     

  • Harvest rhubarb by grabbing it at the base of the stalk and pulling firmly away from the crown, twisting just a bit. Be sure to throw the leaves into the compost as they are poisonous. Prune spring blooming shrubs just as soon as the flowers have faded.  Deadhead lilacs. Check lilies for red lily leaf beetles. Dispose of them by crushing them. 

     

  • Don't forget to deadhead bulbs as well. Leave the foliage, but take out the spent flower heads. Slugs chewing the hostas? Combine 9 parts water to common household ammonia and spray it on just before dark. When the slugs hit this, they will dissolve. 

     

  • Check apple, cherry, and other fruit trees for tent caterpillars. As soon as the tender new leaves emerge so will the caterpillars. If you have to spray with insecticide do it after bloom is finished to protect the bees.

  • Plant annuals no sooner than May 30th.

 Maine Vegetable Gardening: Keep Your Garden Growing - Plant From Spring To Fall

 

 

Early Spring Midspring Early Summer Midsummer to Fall
Plant as soon as the ground can be worked Plant two weeks before the average last frost date Plant when soil & sun are warm Plant in late June-early July
PLANTS PLANTS PLANTS PLANTS
Broccoli
Cabbage
Cauliflower Eggplant
Pepper
Tomato
Beet
Broccoli
Carrot
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Radish
SEEDS SEEDS SEEDS SEEDS
Endive
Lettuce
Onion Sets
Pea
Radish
Spinach
Turnip
Beet
Carrot
Onion Sets
Parsnips
Swiss Chard
Cucumber
Lima Beans
Melon
Okra
Pumpkin
Squash
Winter Potatoes
Beet
Broccoli
Carrot
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Radish
  Plant 1 Week Later   Plant In Early August
  Bean
Corn
Early Potatoes
  Broccoli *
Cabbage *
Cauliflower *
SEEDS:
Lettuce
Spinach
Turnip
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Plant 10 Weeks Before Last Frost
SEEDS:
Beet
Carrot

 

*Plants are set out later than seeds as sown because hot weather is not favorable for growth

 

 

Planting Seeds Indoors Weeks To Sow Indoors Before Last Frost Weeks To Germination Set Out Transplants
Broccoli 5-7 1-2 After frost, late summer
Brussel Sprouts 4-6 1-2 After frost, late summer
Cabbage 5-8 1-2 After frost, late summer
Cauliflower 5-8 1-2 After frost, late summer
Cucumbers 2-3 1-2 2 weeks after frost
Eggplant 8-9 2-3 Midspring, early summer
Leeks 10-12 2-3 Mid to late spring
Head Lettuce 3-5 2-3 After frost
Onions 6-8 2-3 After frost
Peppers 8-10 1-2 Mid to late spring
Tomatoes 6-8 2-3 Mid to late spring

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