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Gardening Jobs for June

It's all go in the garden come June. There's (hopefully) warmer weather and extra sunlight: two ingredients to create a colourful and bountiful garden. This month we'll start to pick crops and marvel how big things grow from such a small seed. Sadly, weeding has to take priority - otherwise they'll overrun your garden. Here are some jobs to do in the garden this month ...


In the Garden

  • Plant out summer bedding in pots and borders. Remember to water them well so that they establish.

  • Support tall-growing perennials like hollyhocks and delphiniums with canes.

  • Pinch out the tips of fuschias and bedding plants to encourage bushier growth.

  • After flowering, prune late-Spring or early-Summer shrubs like weigela.

Fruit & Vegetables

  • Birds are hungry and fruits are tasty - so use a lightweight fleece to cover and protect ripening fruits like blueberries and strawberries.

  • Remember to water vegetables and fruit especially if the weather is dry.

  • Regularly check for snails, especially on damp evenings when they're most rampant!

  • Feed fruiting vegetable crops, tomatoes, courgettes, pumpkins and chillies with tomato feed.

  • For a fresh crop of new leaves, cut down a clump of chives to rejuvenate growth.

Greenhouse

  • Pinch out the side shoots of tomatoes.

  • If you've had a problem with vine weevil in the past, treat pots now as larvae become particularly active this month.

  • Feed tomatoes weekly to bolster crop growth. Water regularly but don't over-water otherwise you could get a case of blossom end rot - and all your hard work will have gone to waste.

  • Ensure there's plenty of ventilation in the greenhouse on hot days.

  • If you've not already done so, sow container herbs like coriander, parsley and basil.

Other Jobs

  • Where possible, use a water butt to collect rainwater - there's nothing better for plants as it's all-natural.

  • Clip evergreen hedges like privet, box and yew whilst they're still in growth. But make sure you check for nesting birds first.

  • Keep bird baths topped up - especially in hot weather.

  • Turn your compost heap to keep it aerated.

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