By Terry Eliasen, Meteorologist, WBZ-TV Exec. Weather Producer

BOSTON (CBS) – Nothing says June in New England like strawberries and roses!

Here are some very helpful tips from WBZ Garden Expert Mark Saidnawey, owner of Pemberton Farms in Cambridge.


Mark tells us that there are three very important things to remember when it comes to roses in your backyard:

1) Feed them

You can go organic with a product like Rose Tone or help your roses bloom beautifully with Miracle-Gro.

2) Prevent disease

If your rose leaves start to turn yellow or if you see any black spots on them be sure to treat with a fungicidal spray.

3) Prune

Pruning is very important to keep your roses blooming year after year. You should cut off the dead heads down the next set of 5 leaves on the stem.

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For strawberries you can’t beat Parlee Farms in Tyngsboro.

They are right in the middle of their u-pick season and the crop this year is big in size and flavor!

The cold and wet May delayed the start of their season by nearly a week, but the recent sunny, warm weather has made for an excellent crop.

The season typically wraps up in early July so head out soon to pick your own. But remember to check with the farm in your local area before heading out, as conditions vary greatly day-to-day depending on the weather and amount of visitors.

For more info on Parlee Farms check out their web site.


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