Hands in the Dirt: MLT Gardening Tips for June 2022


Did you see that we only had five hours above 70 degrees this year before June? My garden believes it. What a wet and cool spring we had in 2022. For my part, I am ready for summer!

Most garden vegetables can be planted now without additional protection. Basil, cucumbers and summer and winter squash can still be sown directly until the middle of the month. Considering the cool, soggy weather, many of us have waited until now and this is the last time I can remember starting these summer crops.

Seeds need constant moisture to break their dormancy, so be sure to maintain moist soils where the seeds were sown directly. If you can brave the atmospheric river to plant your seeds, the rain will water them for you. I skipped all the zucchini, cucumbers, and first round beans at home this week, and I’m crossing my fingers that they’ll sprout quickly while the weather is still humid. Backups are in trays in the mini greenhouse in case squirrels and birds attack the garden.

Continuous picking of herbs like thyme, mint, and oregano will lead to bushy plants with lots of new growth. We also recommend pinching cosmos and chrysanthemums, among others, for stockier plants with more flowers.

We’ve started having garden parties again! We finally filled our new raised beds with soil and planted the tomatoes and peppers. Our next work teams will include weeding dug beds, around raised beds and spreading wood chips, among others. Watch our Facebook page for announcements. Want to help with regular summer watering and weeding? Send us a message at [email protected]

The BOG free seed library is always well stocked. Contact us if you want access to free vegetable seeds!

A question about gardening? Ask for it on our Facebook page.

About the BOG

The Ballinger Organic Garden is a volunteer-led effort to develop a community garden at Ballinger Park. The BOG, in partnership with MLT Recreation & Parks and the MLT Senior Center and funded by a grant from the MLT Community Foundation, is currently in “Phase 0” while larger construction activities (creek restoration and trail installation) are completed. Phase 0 includes maintenance of existing raised beds and a garden plot on the south side of the MLT Senior Center in Ballinger Park. Phase 1 will involve the installation of a larger garden with plots available for community members to maintain. Want to volunteer, or do you have an idea of ​​what you would like to see in the future garden? Please let us know.

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— By Robyn Rice

Robyn Rice grew up in eastern Washington, pulling weeds and picking rotten fruit as part of the dreaded chores assigned by her father, a master gardener. Today, Robyn is a fisheries biologist for an environmental consulting firm and has been gardening in the Seattle area since 2010. Her scientific background leads to endless research into the “right” way to do things, but her enthusiasm and her sense of adventure leads her to gardenfearless because hey, what could be worse?


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