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This is the start of pay-back time when all the hard work starts to come to fruition and the garden seems to burst  with colour and vitality.

With any luck your bedding plants will smother new weeds and with drier weather, the lawn growth will start to slow. Avoid the temptation to cut the lawn too short. Keep it longer and leave some life in there.

GENERAL TIPS

  1. Water plants regularly

  2. Remove deadheads to encourage fresh growth

  3. Remove perennial weeds


VEGETABLES

  1. Continue successive sowings of salad crops as well as the likes of sweetcorn, maincrop carrots, peas and swedes.

  2. Plant out sprouts, cauliflowers, marrows, tomatoes and leeks.

  3. Transplant leek and brassica seedlings or plant plug plants.

  4. Earth up late potatoes.

  5. Thin rows of crops when overcrowded.

  6. Harvest the likes of lettuce, calabrese, spring onions, radishes, the last of the asparagus – or anything else you like the look of. If it looks good enough to at, it probably is.


FRUIT

  1. Weed, water and thin surplus fruit.

  2. Propagate strawberries from unwanted runners. Keep an eye on slug damage.

  3. Thin out heavy crops of apples, plums and pears. You will get better results and prevent branches from snapping under the weight of fruit.

  4. Mulch raspberries and currants.

  5. Begin summer pruning of apples and pears.

  6. Help yourself to rhubarb, strawberries and black currants.


FLOWERS

  1. Cut back early flowering herbaceous plants in order to produce a late crop of flowers.

  2. Take cuttings of pinks and rock roses.

  3. Finish planting out half-hardy annuals like dahlias. 

  4. Divide May-flowering perennials.

  5. Pinch out early flowering chrysanthemums.

  6. Sweet peas should be checked and staked.


SHRUBS

  1. Spray roses to protect against mildew and black spot.

  2. Remove rhododendron seed pods and mulch after rain.

  3. Plant out standard fuschias..


LAWNS

  1. Continue cutting and weeding.

  2. Keep edges trimmed - and well watered

  3. Liquid lawn feed may give the grass a quick pick me up.

  4. Work in sharp sand where water collects.


POND

  1. Introduce new fish

  2. Don’t stop weeding


GREENHOUSE

  1. Don’t let your plants die in the heat

  2. Damp the greenhouse down with water if necessary

  3. Water morning and night.

  4. Thin out grapes and peaches..

  5. Winter flowering bulbs can be dried off and rested.

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  JUNE

Hostas can look lush and rich in June - but they are a favourite salad bar for snails. So to stop pests turning these beautiful leaves into lace curtains be prepared to trap, deter or poison according to your preferred method.

JUNE - TIP OF THE MONTH