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- In bloom are roses, Scotch broom, mountain laurel, Rhododendrons, Deutzia, sweet mockorange, sweet woodruff
- Deadhead roses, Rhododendrons, and lilacs
- Monitor for cool-season turfgrasses such as red thread, leaf spot, necrotic ring spot
- Monitor for bagworms, Euonymus scale, spruce mites, aphids, adelgids, black spot on rose
- Watch for slugs on hosta, impatiens and marigolds during wet periods
- Apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch on beds if you have not already done so

Flowers (Annuals & Perennials)
- Still time to plant annuals
- Direct seed Zinnias, Cosmos and Nasturtium
- There is still time to plant summer blooming bulbs/tuberous roots in containers or directly in soil
- Pinch mums
- In bloom are Iris, Dianthus, foxglove, Delphinium, peonies, Astilbe, lavender and blue flax
- Direct seed warm season vegetables such as cucumbers, melons, squash and bush beans
- Still time to plant pepper and tomato transplants
- Cultivate and weed beds - minimize weed problems with organic mulches
- Harvest lettuce, Arugula, Swiss chard, spinach, strawberries and June-bearing raspberries

- Monitor for termites and ants (winged stages may still be present)
- Nuisance pests in home may include millipedes, sowbugs, and clover mites
- Fertilize African Violets, Orchids and other tropicals as they are actively growing
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This Month's Feature
Plant Talk
Plant Talk
Bill Hlubik's weekly article for 5/22/2008
Sound Horticulture
Sound Horticulture
Learn how to use sound horticultural techniques to reduce problems in your vegetable garden.
Growing Tomatoes in the Home Garden
Growing Tomatoes in the Home Garden
Factsheet explaining how to successfully grow tomatoes
Rudolph W. Van Der Goot Rose Garden
Rudolph W. Van Der Goot Rose Garden
Virtual Tour of the Rudolph W. Van Der Goot rose garden in Franklin, NJ
Grilled Vegetables on Skewers
Grilled Vegetables on Skewers
Simple recipe for grilling vegetables