Your Garden In June
YOUR GARDEN IN JUNE
Gardening tips and advice each month
June, with its longer and warmer days, is a great month for gardeners
The lovely, long days of June give us plenty of time to enjoy our gardens at this wonderful time of year. It's a good job too, as there is always plenty to do this month to keep everything looking at its best.
Your borders should be full of colour now, soaking up all the extra light and warmth. Deadhead regularly, where necessary, to prolong the flowering period and check for pests as you go along. If you spot aphids, you can rub them off by hand or spray with an insecticide if they look well established. Inspect your lilies for scarlet lily beetles, too, crushing any that you see. It's certainly a time of year to remember that gardening is not always for the squeamish!
As new growth appears on climbing plants, such as Clematis and honeysuckle, tie in new shoots to their supports, training them in the direction you want them to go. At the same time, prune out any overcrowded or dead stems on evergreen Clematis once they've finished flowering.
Spring-flowering shrubs like Exochorda, Deutzia, Camellia and Forsythia will come to an end around now and should be pruned as soon as possible, allowing plenty of time for new growth to develop, to support next year's displays. Towards the end of the month, hardy Geraniums may have finished flowering and, if so, should be cut back to encourage a second flush of foliage and flowers.
We had very little rain this time last year, so need to be prepared for the same. Use water butts as much as possible, to water containers, baskets and even borders. In prolonged dry periods, it's a good idea to make a small 'well' around newly planted perennials, to hold the water in place and allow it to soak down into the soil around the roots of the plants.
All fear of frost should be over around now, so the containers and hanging baskets you've been nurturing in the greenhouse or conservatory can be hardened off and moved into their final position, adding glorious pockets of colour to your garden. Likewise, you can plant summer bedding to fill any gaps in your beds and borders. Keeping these displays deadheaded and watered is enough of a task in itself!
When it comes to container planting, you don't need to limit your displays to annuals. Many shrubs look great in containers too; the big, showy blooms of Hydrangea, for example, look spectacular in pots. I'm going to choose Hydrangea macrophylla as my feature plant this month. These easy-to-grow plants are available in so many different colours and have a long flowering period from summer through to autumn. They're great for mixed borders, too.
JUNE ON THE VEG PLOT
Whether you have an allotment, a veggie patch in your garden or just a few containers for growing your own, we can guide you through the edible gardening year.
There's plenty to do in your veg plot this month.
June is the time to plant out leek seedlings from the seed bed or from the pots grown in the greenhouse.
Seedlings should be about pencil-thick. Water both the area to be planted and the seedlings, thoroughly, the day before and just before transplanting. Using a dibber, make holes 15cm deep and 15cm apart in rows 30cm apart. Drop a baby leek into each hole. No need to firm in, just water each hole well, the water will draw the soil around the roots. You can get away with the rows slightly closer and still produce good kitchen-sized leeks, but they must be kept weed free, so leave enough room for hoeing.
Water strawberries and feed with a high potash feed every week. Put straw under the developing fruit to lift them off the soil to prevent soil splash.
Thanks to Will from https://www.bartongrange.co.uk/plants-and-gardening/gardening-advice/