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June '09 Contents

June '09 Cover


Of Birds and Wings By Gert Slabach

Things I Learned From My Dad By Tammy Tillotson

Minivan Camping Adventure
By Michael Ray

Halifax Farmers Market (Opening Day With Photos)

Occoneechee Pow Wow
(Native American Heritage Festival)


Special Section
Mountain Biking in Southside VA

SVMBA and Anglers Ridge (World Class Trails)

Shootout On Anglers Ridge (Event Coverage / Photos)

More Mountain Biking in SSVA
(Clubs, Trails & Tips)




South Winds
(Define Work?)

Southside Gardener
(June "To Do List")
By William H. McCaleb

Ask Bubba - Advice
Bubba's Travel Services


Editor's Page
(Happy Anniversary DSS)
V & B Comics
(Verrnack & Blupirk)

Farm &Ag Info

Farmers Markets Listing (FMs in or near SSVA)

Press Releases

South Hill Happenings

South Hill Picnic in the Park (Fri July 3rd)

Beef Fest (Wed May 27th)

YMCA Active Older Adults (Wed May 20th)

Local Ins Agency Achieves Certification
(Brandon Scearce Insurance Agency Achieves On Your Side Certification)

Past Issues

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Southside Gardener

June To Do List for the Gardener

 Contributed By William H. McCaleb

 Master Gardener Coordinator
 Virginia Cooperative Extension

What to do in June



   This is late for setting out perennials. If you must, be sure they are kept well watered and shaded from the hot summer sun for several days.

   Scatter seed of forget-me-knots in damp shady spots.



   Watch out for lilac borer and remove any infested branches.

   Climbing roses bloom on old growth. Prune after they bloom. Dana's Garden Spot

   This is the last month to prune azaleas.



   Fertilize azaleas and rhododendrons with 6-10-4 2# per 100 square feet for large plantings or use cottonseed meal or Holly-tone for individual shrubs after they bloom.



   Watch the weather. If it rains less than one inch a week, your flowers will need watering.



   Raise clumps of daffodils if they are very large with a few blooms. Dig with a garden fork when tops are half brown. Berry Hill Irrigation Ad Loosen all around the clump and lift. Put in a pail of water or remove soil with hose. Never pull apart. Dry in a mesh bag in a cool dry place until October. Daffodils planted in beds should be divided every 4 years.

   Divide and replant bearded iris between June and September. Good drainage is important to iris. Work a little sand or gravel into planning spot and plant so that the top of rhizome is left exposed. Cut foliage back to a fan of 4-6 inches.

   You can safely move daylilies this month. Moving them while in bloom allows you to study color combinations.

   Spray with Ferban those plants that are susceptible to mildew, such as hollyhocks, lilacs, monarda and phlox.



   When cutting rose blossoms, make the cut just above the 5-leaflet leaf. The new stem, which will grow at this point will be stronger and more likely to bear flowers than one from a 3-leaflet leaf.

   To improve on rhododendrons, carefully remove the old blooms. The best time to do this is about 2 weeks after blooms have faded. The best method is by hand, so as not to harm the new leaf shoots under the blooms.

�Exercise for free � Grow A Garden This Year�


   If you have questions about your landscape plants, you can also call the Extension Office and ask to speak to a Master Gardener or the Horticulture Technician.




William H. McCaleb
Program Assistant, ANR
Master Gardener Coordinator
Virginia Cooperative Extension
171 S. Main Street
P.O. Box 757
Halifax, VA 24558-0757
fax: 434-476-7777






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