Jobs Ė June
is a lovely month in the garden. The mad rush to get everything
planted has passed, and all the plants are growing well. Now is the
time to tend your plants, to really look after them, water them if
the weather is dry, ensure pests are kept at bay, and keep the weeds
down. June is also the month where you start to harvest some of your
lovely fresh vegetables, such as broad beans, salad, baby carrots and
beans will be ready this month. Pick them while they are still small
and tender. Crunchy young carrots can be pulled up, thinning your
crop for larger carrots later in the year. Salad crops and peas will
also be ready.
out winter brassicas
kale, calabrese, purple sprouting broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower
for use over winter and early next year. They can either be sown
under cover or in an outside seed bed, before being transplanted to
their final position later in the year.
Like your vegetables, the weeds are in full growth now. Regular
hoeing between rows will keep them down. Pick out weeds around your
vegetable plants carefully so as not to disturb the roots of your
veg. If your patch has been well dug then the weeds normally come up
war on pests
is a time when pests suddenly become more apparent. It is easy to
spot blackfly on broad bean, French bean and runner bean plants.
Squish them between your fingers or spray with horticultural soap.
Antís running up and down your plants is a tell-tale sign that
there are aphids about. Pests like weeds too, so make sure you weed
regularly and thoroughly.
support for beans and peas
beans may need a bit of help to start climbing. Just twist them
around the poles to get them started. Provide twigs and sticks for
peas to hold onto. Tie in any other plants that need supporting, such
the end of the month, sow another batch of French beans, peas, runner
beans and courgette to plant out later in the summer as space becomes
available. This will maximise your growing season, and mean you will
be harvesting into October!
need plenty of water in order to grow. If the weather is dry, water
frequently. The best time to do this is either early in the morning
or later in the evening when there will be less evaporation.
all greenhouse crops
to be grown in the greenhouse should be in their final positions by
now, either planted in the ground, large pots or grow-bags. These
include tomatoes, cucumber, sweet pepper (capsicum), chillies and
feeding tomato plants and other container-grown vegetables
the first flowers have set on the tomatoes, start feeding once a week
with a high potash liquid tomato feed. I have used both Tomorite and
Phostrogen plant food with good success. Other plants such as sweet
peppers, chillies, cucumbers and all vegetables grown in containers
or grow bags will all benefit from regular feeding.
out frost sensitive crops
frosts should have passed by now, so plant out all tender crops that
you have raised under cover, such as cucumbers, sweetcorn, French and
harvesting your asparagus by the longest day
weíve reached the longest day, stop cutting your asparagus and
leave the spears to develop into tall ferny growth. Fertilize once
you have stopped harvesting.
strawberries from birds
will eat your strawberries before they are fully ripe! Use netting or
horticultural fleece to protect them. Squirrels also like
strawberries and will chew through netting, so use fleece which hides
the ripening strawberries if they are frequent visitors to your
cherries from birds and rain
your cherries start to ripen, protect them from rain and birds. Rain
on the fruit can cause the skins to split, so protect using polythene
covers suspended above the tree.
your own strawberries
gate new plants from the runners put out by the main plants. Peg down
the small plants at the end of the runners into some potting compost,
and leave until the roots are established before cutting from the
main plant. This is a good way to increase your plants and provide
replacements for older ones.
your raspberry canes grow, depending on the support system you are
using, tie them to your wires, or ensure they are growing up through
your wires. Pull up any suckers that appear between rows.
all soft fruit regularly, especially blueberries and cranberries
soft fruit requires plenty of water to ensure good cropping,
especially if they are grown in containers. Blueberries and
cranberries, in particular, are very thirsty plants and should be
watered regularly with rain water.
your lawn well mown
mowing of your lawn will keep the grass in great shape. Donít cut
it too short or youíll end up with brown patches when the weather
is dry. June is a good month for top dressing and fertilizing your
lawn as the grass will be in full growth.
of allÖ Enjoy your garden
is a wonderful month. The days are long and the weather is warm. Sit
in the sunshine with your favourite drink to hand, and enjoy all your
Michael Gourlay Chairman