Your garden should be ready by now and maybe even in use, but you can still grow more!
• Plant raspberries, grapes, asparagus and other vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, (bush) beans, beets, carrots, celery, potatoes, cucumbers, squash and melons.
• Strawberries can be planted anytime during the month, and established ones will not be very affected by cold nights.
And of course,
• Continue planting seeds for the upcoming summer season! Doing this in the successive or staggered method means you are more likely to have continuous harvesting throughout the season.
All about the Roses
Now is also the time we would recommend pruning your roses. Prune Roses by cutting 1/3 of the existing shrub off. It's also time to trim off any deadwood and branches that are smaller than a pencil. If you are doing it yourself, don't forget to fertilize with a cup or two of Epsom Salt at the base of each rose. Just keep an eye on the weather and any late freezes that may be taking place after you prune so you can take proper precautions. A burlap sack that you can weigh down after covering your bush will do just fine for those sudden cold nights. Remove it in the morning and only put it back if there is another freeze.
Though to some it may seem early, if you haven't put out your hummingbird feeders out yet, you should probably do it now. To fill their feeders start with a 1 part white sugar to 4 part water solution, or a 1:3 solution if you want it really sweet. Do Not Use artificial sweeteners, food coloring or honey in your recipe. Use warm or hot water to make sure all the sugar dissolves. Now just let it cool and put it in your feeder! Make sure you change out the food every few days , especially in the warmer weather, and clean your feeder every time you fill it up with hot water or a weak vinegar solution.
Here in New Mexico we actually get about 17 different species throughout the state. Many are migrating, and a few prefer the southern area of the state, but some species definitely stick around, especially in the summer. The Black-Chinned Hummingbird and the Broad-Tailed Hummingbirds are really the most common around Albuquerque, the Sandias, and Santa Fe. Other common species that hang around are the Calliope and Rufous Hummingbirds, but you won't really see them around until July.