June 2010

The sun is at its strongest in June compared to any other time of the year and the longest day comes in this month on the 21st. The extra light and hopefully the warmth encourage the garden to put on an exuberant burst of growth. This also means weeds will sprout up from seemingly no where. So try and keep on top of them by hoeing regularly in dry conditions. The herbaceous borders are reaching their early summer peak and the kitchen garden is becoming productive. Pest and diseases must be checked at the first signs of infesting the garden: early action can do much to keep these enemies under control. On the whole, June can be the driest month of the year but in the afternoon cumulus clouds may develop to great heights inland, and thunderstorms are likely!

Some jobs to keep you busy.

  • Remember to keep the hoe going regularly to keep down weeds. Why not make a point of when you wander around the garden to take it with you.
  • Mow lawns regularly and lightly without the box in case of drought.
  • Plant out summer bedding plants if you have not already done so.
  • Stake tall or floppy plants with sticks, link canes or something similar before they really need it as then they can then may grow through and hide them.
  • Position summer hanging baskets and containers outside and remember to water them.
  • Prune many spring-flowering shrubs as the flowers fade.
  • I am sure you will remember to pick lettuce, radish, other salads crops and it may be worth seeing if you have any early potatoes to harvest!
  • Shade greenhouses to keep them cool and prevent scorch with something like  “Coolglass.”
  • Pinch out sideshoots on tomatoes
  • Try to be water-wise, especially if we should find ourselves in   drought-conditions. You can never have too many water butts!
  • Watch Roses for signs of greenfly or mildew.
  • If your Sweet Peas are flowering remember to pick them regularly to keep a ensure continuation of blooms.
  • Order Roses, Trees and Shrubs for autumn plantin
  • If time, remember to just sit in the garden, maybe with a drink, an enjoy it!

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