Gardening in June
6th June 2018
June is the beginning of the summer season and the warmer weather and extra sunlight means a burst of growth in the garden.
As well as bountiful blooms and fabulous florals appearing in borders and planters, weeds will start emerging too. So, now is the time to get your garden ship shape for the summer months.
Make sure your flowers stay powerful all summer long, with these top tips:
- If you haven’t propped up tall flowers, such as sunflowers and delphiniums, early June is the time to do so before they fall. Use sturdy canes to make sure they stay upright.
- Deadheading any remaining pansies is essential to ensure they keep flourishing over the next few months. This is also the case for marigolds and roses.
- Dig up any tulip and hyacinth bulbs when their foliage has died off. Then store them somewhere dark and cool. They can then be replanted in autumn time.
- Ensure that you water planters and hanging baskets each day and feed them from time to time (if your compost doesn’t include plant food).
- It’s best to water your flowers and plants in the evening, when the sun has gone down, to avoid water evaporation.
Don’t forget about any fruit and veg that you may be growing in the garden this time of year:
- Weed in and around all your fruit and veg. This ensures that any weeds don’t take away valuable nutrients from your produce. They can also increase mildew and mould.
- Now that the worry of overnight frost has passed, plant out any tender vegetables you’ve sown earlier in the year. This includes runner beans, tomatoes and peppers.
- Harvest early potatoes, preferably on a dry day so you don’t have too much soil clinging to your tatties.
- Thin out plum trees, so that the branches aren’t put under any excessive strain. It’s a good excuse to have plum desserts!
- Pick your strawberries, making sure to pick off the whole fruit – leaving any behind can lead to grey mould.
The lawn will be growing quickly this month, especially as we’ve seen fluctuations between sun and showers! Here are some pointers on how to keep it looking its best:
- Mow your lawn every week and trim the edges, to maintain a neat appearance.
- Boost your grass with some liquid/soluble grass feed. But be careful not to feed it when it’s too dry, as this can lead to scorching.
- Add any cuttings and trimmings to the compost heap.