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What to do for June

Inside:On warm days, keep salads and veggie plates crisp by serving them on chilled plates. Place a stack of plates in the refrigerator (not the freezer) for an hour or more before using.
Wash your windows with a solution of hot water and dishwasher detergent. Use a squeegee to wipe dry.

Replace dark drapes with airy sheers and let the sun in. Put light colored or muslin covers on furniture.

Wash wood floors and baseboards with a mild cleanser like Murphy’s Oil Soap.

Celebrate Father’s Day on June 16th.
Get camping and picnic gear out and ready to go. Replace any damaged items.

Repack your car’s first aid kit and add a new tube of sunscreen.
Outside: When the weather is fine, hang laundry outside to dry. If you need to install a new Clothesline, opt for a cotton one – it is softer than synthetic kinds – boil it first to tighten the fibers, making it more resistant to wear. To avoid the stiff feeling of line-dried towels, give them a sharp snap before pinning them to the line and again when you take them down.
Fertilize lawns.

Stake perennials as the reach 1-foot in height.
Prune spring blooming shrubs as they finish blooming if necessary.
Keep bicycles tuned up all season by cleaning and lubricating moving parts, and check tires regularly.

It’s barbecue time, clean grill with a wire brush dipped in sudsy water or a baking-soda solution.
Paint the porch floor.

Set out and stake tomatoes and peppers. Supporting them above the soil allows for better air circulation and exposure to sunlight.
If your ripening tomatoes have rotten spots on the bottom, the problem is ariation in soil moisture. Mulch to conserve water. Avoid extremes from dry to saturated soil and keep plants moist.
Turn compost.

Susan Woody has been a home and garden writer for more than 20 years and is an advanced Master Gardener.

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