While June isn't exactly the month to plant any fresh plants, we have some great tips for you to keep your garden thriving through the heat. If you're new to this, there are probably a lot of little things you don't know. There are also a lot of neat things you can do to grow more food!
Pinch off any side-shoots from your tomato plants. You can plant the side-shoots to create new tomato plants. After about 5 weeks, add mulch around your tomato plants. This will help them retain moisture. Fertilize 2 weeks prior to your first picking and two weeks after. Planting basil near your tomatoes is helpful in repelling mosquitoes, aphids, whiteflies and tomato hornworms.
If you have fruit trees, you'll probably experience the "June drop." This is when fruit just falls off your trees to the ground. This is completely normal. Go ahead an harvest any fruit on congested branches. This will allow the tree to replenish the fruit bigger and better than before. Place netting around your fruits to protect from squirrels and birds.
Water your garden early in the day. Since the sun is about to beam down on your precious produce all day, watering them in the morning allows them to stay hydrated through the heat of the day. Do your best to not get the foliage wet. If it does happen to get wet, since you watered in the morning you probably will avoid disease. If you plan to water in the afternoon, you need to make absolutely certain you don't get the foliage wet. The heat mixed with the water helps the spread of diseases. Unfortunately this could lead to an entire garden of unusable produce. You can't even compost it due to the possibility of spreading disease to your next crops. Placing a flat rock the size of your palm near the roots helps to pull water towards the roots.