So you're a Yooper gardener, and June is a crucial month for your growing season. The weather has warmed up, and your plants are starting to mature. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your garden this month:
1. Plant Warm-Season Crops
June is the perfect time to plant warm-season crops like tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. These plants need warm soil and air temperatures to grow properly, and by planting them in June, you'll give them plenty of time to mature before the first frost.
2. Water Regularly
As the weather heats up, your plants will need more water to stay healthy. Make sure to water them regularly, especially during dry spells. It's best to water in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid evaporation.
Your plants will need plenty of nutrients to grow strong and healthy. Fertilize them with a balanced fertilizer every two to three weeks to keep them growing strong.
4. Control Weeds
Weeds can quickly take over your garden if you don't keep them under control. Pull them out by hand or use a hoe to remove them from your garden beds.
5. Harvest Early Crops
If you planted early-season crops like lettuce, radishes, and spinach, it's time to harvest them. These crops don't do well in hot weather, so it's best to pick them before the temperatures rise too much.
Here are some guidelines for harvesting crops your early-season crops:
Harvest early in the morning when the plants are still cool and hydrated. This will help preserve the flavor and texture of the produce.
Use clean, sharp tools to harvest your crops. Dull or dirty tools can damage your plants and increase the risk of disease.
Harvest vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers when they are fully ripe but still firm. For leafy greens like lettuce and spinach, harvest them when they are young and tender.
For root vegetables like carrots and beets, wait until they are the size you want and gently pull them out of the ground.
To harvest herbs, cut the stems just above a set of leaves. This will encourage the plant to continue producing new growth.
Remember to always handle your produce with care and store it properly to ensure the highest quality and longest shelf life.
Source: 1Michigan State University Extension. (2021, May 27). Vegetable Gardening - Gardening in Michigan. https://www.canr.msu.edu/home_gardening/vegetables/
Michigan State University Extension. (2021, May 27). Vegetable Gardening - Gardening in Michigan. https://www.canr.msu.edu/home_gardening/vegetables/ ↩
By following these tips, you'll be well on your way to a successful growing season.
Make a Difference Day
Plots available for 2021 season.
RSCG thanks Portage Health Foundation. Their community garden grant funded our recent expansion adding two raised beds.
Zachary Sommerville lead the construction efforts as part of his Eagle Scout Project.
We appreciate all our volunteers who helped with this project including local Boy Scout troop and the Finlandia University Baseball team.
This funded much needed updates to Ryan House and enabled us to continue our sustainability education programming. Many new updates were added to the Ryan House this year including a new back door, a beautiful table made by High Rocks in Calumet, a garden library donated from Finlandia University, whiteboard, and canning supplies for our kitchen classes. We replaced much needed gardening supplies, put in a new butterfly garden bed in the front of the house, and added blueberry bushes!
|The Superior Health Foundation grant allowed us to continue offering free canning classes hosted by MSU educator Beth Waitrovich. |
|July Strawberry Preserves Class|
|August dilly bean class|
|Delicious roasted carrot and ginger soup|
This fall Molly Cavaleri and her mother Roseann Terry from Rosian Catering hosted a soup-making class using immersion blenders.
garden pathways, cleared a dump truck of yard waste, harvested apples, and made Ryan House updates.
|Thank you to Thrivent Financial for their generous donation. Funds were used to purchase a replacement side door for the Ryan House.|
|Henry clearing the yard waste.|
|Front garden intsall|
|Little helpers taking a ball break|
|Bill installing little library|
TOMATO CANNING CLASS
AT RYAN HOUSE
Basics of steam canning https://www.canr.msu.edu/uploads/resources/pdfs/basics_of_steam_canning_mi_fresh_2018.pdf
For more recipes see U.S. Department of Agriculture Complete Guide to Home Canning
|Select ripe unblemished fruit|
|Rinse tomatoes then blanch in boiling water |
for one minute to loosen skin.
|Place in ice bath. Then peel, cut out core, and quarter tomatoes. Many hands make light work.|
|Heat one pound of tomatoes quarters while crushing|
with a wooden spoon. Once boiling add
remaining tomatoes. Bring to boil and boil
gently for 5 minutes.
|Fill clean hot jars with tomatoes and lemon juice per recipe above leaving 1/2 head space. Remove air bubbles, wipe rim, and hand tighten lid. Process in steam canner per instructions (see link above).|
|Viola! After steam canner processing be sure to use tongs and keep jars upright while they cool.|
|Special thanks to Beth for making the long drive. Her class was not only informative but loads of fun!|
RSCG volunteers helped Ryan Center preschoolers start seedlings indoors this spring. The preschoolers learned all about what plants need to grow.
|Seedlings grown at Ryan Center including peppers, tomatoes, basil, and broccoli.|
|Already established strawberry plants.|
RSCG volunteers prepared the Ryan Center raised bed and returned to help preschool gardeners transplant seedlings, plant seeds, and water all the new plantings.
|Planting beet seeds.|
|Ryan Center gardener watering basil plants.|
Special thanks to the lead teacher Jaime Gariepy and the other Ryan Center teachers for supporting this project.
It was hours of window washing, vacuuming, sweeping, scrubbing and mopping but in the end it is sparkling clean. There are still some things that need to be done but it is officially functional as a gathering place.
Thanks all for the hard work everyone.
|Sometimes cleaning is fun|
|Mandy and Beth working hard on the kitchen|
As the snow begins to melt and the birds sing their songs the urge to garden grows and so us at the garden start making plans. Carrots, tomatoes, kale, broccoli, and so many more vegetables are on our minds.
The snow is starting to melt off the beds and new plants are starting to peek through the ground. Rhubarb is the first of those plants and is coming in nicely. This sweet and tarty plant is perfect for making pies, jams and even though the leaves are poisonous they can be useful. Concrete bird baths can be made with them and a mordant (a substance that combines with a dye or stain and thereby fixes it in a material) can be made for dying fabrics and yarns.
|Thanks to the weather the beds are almost completely snow free|
|A few more warm days and all the snow will be gone|
Garden Work Days 2018
May 19th 10am - 1pm: First Garden Day: getting the garden ready for another growing season
June 16th 10 am - 1 pm
July 21st 9am -12pm
August 18th 9am- 12pm
September 15th 10am -1pm
October 13th 10am -1pm Last Garden Day: getting the garden ready for winter
Garden work days are when all the gardeners come together to take care of the communal areas of the garden. Weeding, compost, collecting fruits and herbs from the perennial garden, and working on projects.
This years projects include a rain barrel collection system and continuing work on the mosaic wall.
The Ryan Street Community Garden has acquired the house next to it and has big plans for the house. This will be were classes will be held (hopefully) and other activities. Fixing up and readying the house is one of the projects that will be a priority this year.
The public is welcome in our garden! Although please do not take any produce that has not been given. We work hard for our produce and do not appreciate theft. Come enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and take a look around. If you have any questions about the garden please feel free to drop by on work days or email Amanda at email@example.com