Our guide to June is filled with handy hints and ideas for what to be doing in the garden during the growing season, plus ideas of tools you may need. Tasks are in black and bold and tools are in blue.
Yes June is busting out all over, or at least it should be if we’ve done everything we ought to have in our gardens or on our plots. It should be decidedly warmer now. Spring flowers have come and gone and your vegetables and plants should be flourishing.
Assuming Jack Frost has finally gone on his summer holidays, if you want to create swathe of colour in the flower garden, you can make room in your beds by moving your spring bulbs. Try using a good quality trowel. Then you can start to plant summer bedding plants like fuchsias, begonias or petunias. You can also plant busy lizzies, marigolds, and pansies.
Meanwhile, the aphids will be out in force, particularly if it is very warm and moist right now, and they are looking for a good sit down meal. Flowering plants are all at risk. The aphid genus include includes blackfly, greenfly, woolly aphids and in fact, pests of all shapes and sizes are flourishing as much as anything else, carrot fly, cabbage root fly, so now is the time to put your foot down and try to prevent or control them. Remember, carefully inspecting the underside of leaves and keeping your lawn, beds and everywhere else tidy and free of discarded or rotting vegetation is a major way of keeping pest and disease free. Always have a decent rake handy. You might want to use a pesticide or insecticide in which case, make sure you have an efficient garden sprayer around (see image below)
Solo 475/D Diaphragm-Pump Backpack Sprayer
Any spring flowering shrubs will now need cutting back. Use dedicated bypass secateurs like the for a precise, non-damaging cut. For the veggy grower, it is time to sow Beetroot, carrots, lettuce, peas summer cabbage, to harvest your French beans, rhubarb, early carrots, spring onions, and in late June, your new potatoes. Brussels sprouts need transplanting and again a good trowel will be invaluable, as will a good robust garden fork. (See image below)
MD Green Valley Stainless Steel Fork (BF0001)
Do check all your rows of brassicas and other vegetables. Carrots, spinach, parsnips, radishes, spring onions… all will probably benefit from a little thinning out to allow them some more air and water. Take any leaves off and any whole seedlings you take out will no doubt be great to wash and use.
Don’t forget that as your plants grow, so do the weeds. Keep on top of that weeding and use a hoe that is designed to work around delicate plants get between the rows and keep them down.
Any really stubborn weeds can be dug out with a fork or hand fork. Most of all, keep telling yourself that it is finally summer… even if it doesn’t always behave like it.