Detroit: Garden Projects for June and July

As we near the transitioning of seasons, let’s get your garden and backyard prim and proper for the joyous jamborees and fruit-filled festivities. Cotton-candy sunsets, perpetually smelling like sunblock, and watermelon everything — Detroit, are you ready for summer?

All of the hard work, sweat, and love you have put into your garden these past few months are ready to transform into fruition. This summer, celebrate the outdoors! Whether you are harvesting tomatoes, trimming your roses, or collecting fresh herbs for a salad, ToDooly is ready to help check things off your gardening to-do. Here are just a few ideas of gardening projects to do during June and July.

Support your tomato (and other viney plants) with stakes

Your garden might be teeming with lush, but overrun tomato bushes. If your garden is sporting intertwined branches and indiscernible green blobs… congrats! You have successfully raised your plant into adulthood. However, to encourage growth and longevity, it is important to install stakes to guide upward growth. When your plant (whether you are harvesting tomatoes, peas, blackberries, pole beans, etc.) is around one foot in height, use garden twine or string to tie its main trunk to the stake. Allowing your plant more real estate to expand allows larger fruit yield and longer life-time!

Keep on weedin’!

Sun-soaked June and July bring out the best in people -- and the best in fruits and veg! Whether you’re looking forward to fresh strawberry and blackberries or broccoli and brussel sprouts, summer is the time of yield. Take a look in your garden and see what’s poppin’ up! To maintain plant and garden health, it is important to continuously weed your garden; get rid of pesky crabgrass and focus on the right type of veg.

Don’t forget our underground friends - cover potatoes, carrots, and onions

To protect our root vegetables from Detroit’s sunny summers, remember to lay a cover of soil, mulch, or compost over any root veggie you might have planted. Grab a hand-full of your chosen cover and spread it evenly across your underground buddies to prevent any green color from invading your veg!

We want this summer to be focused on spending time with your favorite people, sharing laughs, and bonding over good bites. We know how good it can feel to harvest from our own gardens, but how time-consuming maintaining a healthy garden bed can be. Let ToDooly get to gardening so you can get to grilling.

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Jamie Chen
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Jamie graduated from Wellesley College last year with a BA in Environmental Studies and minored in Chinese Language and Culture. Currently she is working as a program manager at a non-profit in Ventura County, advocating for affordable housing. She is always looking for opportunities to support art, culture, and environmental initiatives, and loves to read and do any arts and crafts in her free time!
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