New England received desperately needed rain at the end of June. That’s the good news. The bad news is that we’re still significantly below average for the year. Also, with that rain, you will need to spend some time removing the weeds that took advantage of the additional moisture to pop up in flower and vegetable gardens and perhaps in your lawn. Weed killers are a particularly bad choice when ‘good’ plants are also battling heat and drought. Use cool mornings or overcast days to hand-weed flower, shrub and vegetable beds.