It’s June. The chances are that you are spending most of your spare time around the garden this month. It’s a time where the nights are longer, typically not getting dark until around 21.30 which really helps to get the plants settled into their new homes outside in their final resting spots.
It’s the month you can sit back, stop gardening and feel that sunshine on your face, and bask in the joyful bliss of all the hard work you have done over the past few months.
But don’t be fooled. There is a lot to do in June, with many plants needing to be put out, the weather is right and the last frost is gone. It’s what we have all been waiting for.
IT’S FINALLY HERE!
15 Jobs to do in June
- Carefully Space Plants
- Mulch To Improve Soil
- Plant Out tender and Exotic Plants
- Turn Your Compost To let Air In
- Keep Onions Well Watered
- Remove Diseased Leaves From Roses
- Keep Earthing up Potatoes
- Cut Back Currants Once Flowers Are Over
- Sow Wall Flowers
- In Dry Spells, Don’t Forget To Water Perennials
- Thin Gooseberries And Cook the Pickings
- Keep Brassicas Well-Watered.
- Keep Filling And Emptying Those Slug Traps
- Feed Regularly
- Plant and Hang Up Baskets
Carefully Space Plants
Plant spacing is critical. Too little space and the plant suffers. Too much space and your wasting ground. Getting the spacing just right will really help you to maximize your yields while having healthy and strong plants. Many gardeners design rule-style tools in order to help them space plants correctly. Check the seed packets for the ideal spacing.
Mulch To Improve Soil
One of the most important things for soil improvement is to mulch your soil. Use compost woodchips or any other organic matter like manures, This has many benefits but mostly:
- Cuts down on weeds by blocking light
- Keeps root zones cooler
- Retains moisture as it holds water like a sponge
- Helps prevent evaporation
- Feeds the soil web life
Plant Out tender and Exotic Plants
Now the chance of frosts is gone, and with nighttime temperatures warming up, it is safe to plant out exotic plants like bananas, Cana, and birds of paradise.
Turn Your Compost To let Air In
Now is a perfect time to turn any new compost piles built over the last few months. This will introduce air and allow you to assess moisture levels. You only need to turn compost once or twice and then let it sit.
Keep Onions Well Watered
Onions are starting to swell this month after laying down good root structures over the past few months. Keeping them hydrated now will ensure the bulbs swell to a good size. But more importantly, will prevent the onions from bolting. Check out the video below for more in-depth tips on onion growing.
Remove Diseased Leaves From Roses
Two of the most destructive diseases to hit roses is black spot and powdery mildew. Any diseased leaves should be removed both from the plant and the soil beneath the plant. This should then be bagged and either disposed of or burned. They can be treated with products such as neem oil or SB plant invigorator, Both of these products are organic
Keep Earthing up Potatoes
If you have planted potatoes like the old-timers, Digging a trench and then backfilling it. You will still need to continue hoeing soil onto the hills to ensure potatoes do not grow through the sides and tops of the row. This will prevent the tubers from turning green when exposed to the sunlight. If you want to know more about potatoes, check the video below out.
Keep Filling And Emptying Those Slug Traps
Slugs, here we go again. Hands up. Who is suffering from slugs atm? These gastropods can certainly make a mess of your brassicas. Managing these pests will keep them under control. For more info on slugs check out this blog post
Not Too Late To Sow
- Onions (sets)
- Runner Beans
- Dwarf French Beans
- French Beans
Plant Out Now
- Broad Beans
- Sweet Peas
More jobs you can do this month
- Net Brassica’s To Stop The Birds
- Hoe Hoe Hoe
- Look Out For The Scarlett Lilly Beetle
- Prune Evergreen Clematis
- Trim Back Hardy Geraniums
- Collect And Sow Hellebore Seed
- Use Long Term Feed-In Containers
- Deadhead Lupins
- Plant Up Patio Containers
- Train Tie And Feed Cucumbers
- Move Citrus Trees Outside
- Help Tomatoes Set Fruit
- Sow Winter Flowers Now
- Damp Down The Greenhouse Floor
- Open Vents And Doors On Greenhouses
- Take Softwood Cuttings
So although there is still a lot to do this month, We can finally start to sit back a little and enjoy it. Don’t forget to take that time to sit in the garden with a cuppa and check out how your hard work is paying off. This might be a good time to take some notes or videos to look back on and see what went well and what didn’t.
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