June is the beginning if the hot summer months.
And if the recent 100+ degree days are any indication, the summer of 2018 will be very hot and dry. Know that even the best heat tolerant plants may not hold up to long stretches of days with high heat. Yes, even Master Gardeners have plants that die. We just wait until the weather improves in the fall and plant for that season. June should also be your best month for home-grown tomatoes – if you planted them in mid March.
So do your yard work in the early morning hours or before sunset. Wear a hat and use sunscreen. A great deal of weeding, trimming and checking for pests can be done in a 30 minute span of time.
Even though we are not experiencing drought conditions at this time, please still be water wise in your landscape. Refer to the new Water Wise section of ROCKMGA.
For answers to your gardening questions, Master Gardeners are now available on Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office. Stop by 915 Whitmore Dr., Suite B and a Rockwall County Master Gardener will be on hand to research questions and provide gardening information. If you can not come by in person, call 972-204-7660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and a Master Gardener will respond to you in a timely manner. If the volunteers can not answer your questions on the spot, they will continue to research or will consult with a specialist that has expertise in the subject matter.
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