June has arrived and summer beckons at last (although it’s raining very hard as I write this!). There’s so much that can be done in the garden this month to ensure it looks its best in the hotter months. You can also prepare for winter and next year at the same time. Here are my gardening tips for June to keep your garden in tip-top condition.
The grass suddenly needs cutting more frequently, and there’s also the chance it can dry out. If your grass starts to look a little dry, leave the grass a little longer next time you cut it. This helps it to withstand dryer conditions.
It’s still possible to use lawn fertilisers to help with growth. This can help to replace nutrients stripped out by mowing.
Hopefully the risk of frost has now gone. Those flowers you started off in the greenhouse can now come outside. I’ve planted up hanging baskets and containers, and am looking forward to my summer blooms.
You can deadhead flowers throughout the month to encourage a longer growth period and keep those flowers coming back. You can also still grow flowering plants from seed in June, although it is really the last chance to see them bloom this year.
With the burst of growth in June, stake out climbing plants and make sure they have the support they need.
It can also be time to start thinking about your spring flowers for next year. With the new space in the greenhouse, you can sow plants like pansies and primroses so they are ready for spring. Don’t forget as well to start planning for your summer-blooming annuals and biennials next year.
With very little chance of frost, you can now plant out your vegetable plants from the greenhouse. Vegetables like courgettes, aubergines, cucumbers and strawberries can all come outside. Provide a weekly feed for better growth.
Look out for runners on your strawberry plants. These can be pegged down in the soil to encourage the formation of new plants.
Early potatoes can be harvested once the flowers on the plants have gone over. Be careful digging them out so as not to damage any of the plant. You can start sowing salad leaves more frequently now (every 1 – 2 weeks) to ensure a fresh supply throughout the summer.
Warmer weather heats the greenhouse up very fast, so remember to leave the doors open to prevent wilting. You can also try a greenhouse shade or special paint to keep the sun out.
You can also sow your pumpkins and squashes in June. They’ll be ready to harvest at Halloween!
Don’t forget to keep bird baths and feeders topped up, and to generally water everything more frequently. Weeds will be growing fast now so a little weeding more frequently helps you to keep on top of it.
Oh, and keep your fingers crossed for a decent summer this year!
Are you in to gardening? Is there anything you make sure you do in June to help your garden look better? I would love to hear your tips.
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