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June

At last summer is here and we should be soaking up all that lovely sunshine, the garden has burst into full growth and looks fabulous in June with an abundance of colour in the borders. There's always a few jobs to be done whether it's tending the borders or vegetable patch. This month there should be plenty of fresh veg ready to harvest and fruit to pick, there's nothing better than delicious fresh Strawberries. Now is the time to relax and enjoy the garden a little bit but continue with dead heading to keep those flowers blooming.

Summer Garden


SHRUBS & TREES

Give plenty of water to newly planted shrubs and trees.
Prune spring flowering shrubs.
Dead head Azaleas and Rhododendrons when flowering has finished.

IN THE BORDERS

Dead head any flowers that have gone over to prolong flowering.
Cut back some of the earlier flowering perennials hard to encourage a second flush of colour.
Cut back any spring bulb foliage.
Mulch and feed borders using manure pellets, growmore or fish blood and bone
Divide any clumps of spring bulbs.
Tie in Sweet Peas.
Continue to be vigilant for slugs, snails, insects and aphids.
Fill any gaps in the borders with new perennials, shrubs or bedding plants.

IN THE VEG PATCH

Use lawn clippings as a mulch around fruit bushes and trees.
Continue sowing vegetable seeds Turnips, Beetroot, Cauliflower, Peas, Spinach, French and Runner Beans also salad crops every two weeks.
Net fruit.
First early Potatoes are ready to harvest.
Earth up any emerging Potatoes.
Treat Potatoes for blight, spray with an anti fungicide such as dithane every two weeks or if growing organic use Bordeaux mixture.
Keep hoeing weeds on dry days.
Plant out Cucumbers, Courgette, Tomato, Squash and Pumpkins.
Plant out Leeks and Brassicas.
Protect Carrots from root fly with fleece or eco mesh.
Pick any ripe fruit and harvest any veg and enjoy!

IN THE TUNNEL OR GREENHOUSE

Sow Basil, Parsley, Dill, Coriander, Courgette, Cucumber, Lettuce, Beans and Salad Onions.
Sow Winter Flowering Pansies.
Begin to sow flowers for next spring such as Wallflowers, Primulas, Violas, Forget Me Nots and Pansies.
Tie in Tomato's and feed with liquid tomato feed or potash.


CONTAINERS AND BASKETS

Empty containers from spring flowering bulbs displays and replant with summer bedding plants for instant colour.
Feed containers and baskets every two weeks with a liquid feed.
Make sure containers don't dry out, water in the evening.
Plant new Strawberry plants for delicious fruit next year.
Plant new shrubs, roses or perennial plants for year round interest.

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"Summer in the garden plenty of blooming flowers and lush growth by now, check out gardening tasks for this month. "