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Week of June 28, 2021

Trim tall-growing late season perennials such as aster for more compact plants.Trim tall-growing late season perennials such as aster for more compact plants.

Sow seeds of cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli for a late-season harvest. Start the seeds in pots, flats or small garden beds. Transplant the seedlings into areas of the vegetable garden that have been vacated by early-season crops such as peas. Seedlings will be ready for transplanting in approximately 4-6 weeks.

Plant another summer squash or cucumber crop when the first planting starts to flower.

Asian longhorned beetles emerge in Massachusetts around July 1. Call 508-852-8090 to report suspicious beetles.

Remove any diseased leaves or plants as soon as you see them. Cut back pest-infested, yellowing or declining foliage on columbines, hollyhocks, daylilies, tall bearded iris, geraniums and any other plants.

Harvest culinary herbs in the morning after the dew has dried.

To keep the aphid population down, plant marigolds which draw hover flies. Hover flies kill aphids by injecting their eggs into them.

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