June Gardening

Hoeing and watering are the main general jobs to do this month and a watchful eye kept open for any particular pests and diseases which have appeared during the month. These are always best treated the moment they are detected and before they have a chance to do any great damage.

Sufficient water should be given to crops which are looking dry and if a water butt or tank is available for rainwater this should be used as it will be more beneficial to the plants and can be delivered at the right temperature. If tap-water is used to replenish the water in the tank, try if possible to do this a day or so before it is required for use so that it has a chance to warm up to a natural temperature.

Flower Garden

Bedding out of plants should by this time be finished and if not must be completed at the earliest opportunity.

Begonias started off earlier in boxes and potted up in the greenhouse can now be planted out into the open ground and well watered in. Try however to keep the leaves dry when strong sunshine is likely to follow.

All dead flower heads should be removed from plants regularly and put onto the compost heap.

Keep the hoe busy as often as possible around the flower borders removing weeds before they have a chance to grow up and distribute seeds.

Now that most of the young plants have been taken from the seed bed take advantage of the available space by planting seeds of perennials for transplanting to the herbaceious border later in the autumn. Seeds of aquilegia, chrysanthemums, delphiniums and phlox can all be planted this month.

Lawn Care

The lawn should now be growing vigorously and will no doubt require cutting twice weekly. The mower can now be re-set to a shorter cut, but should along spell of dry weather arrive it would be wise to leave the grass collecting box off the mower for one of the cuts. This will help to keep the lawn moist and protect it from the scorching sun. If there are many weeds still present, another application of selective weed-killer can be given, but if the weeds are isolated a “spot” treatment will probably be sufficient. From time to time give the lawn a thorough raking before cutting so that all trodden down grass is raised up for mowing and the trailing kinds of weeds kept in check. Give the lawn a good soaking of water if the weather is dry but do not repeat this until the last soaking has been absorbed by the soil and the surface quite dry.

Roses

Roses now in flower may be cut for indoor decoration but take care that the cut stem should not be too long. Leave behind at least a third of the flowering stem and preferably cut above an outward pointing bud.

Regular hoeing around the roses will help keep down the weeds and a feeding with rose fertilizer given at suitable intervals.

Spray the roses when necessary for greenfly and keep the soil around the trees moist during dry weather.

Remove all dead flower heads regularly and this will help encourage further blooms.

Greenhouse

At this time of year tomato plants and other greenhouse plants are often attacked by white fly. These tiny mothlike insects can be destroyed by spraying or by the use of a smoke cone which should be used according to the instructions supplied with it. The greenhouse must be kept tightly closed overnight to get the maximum effect from the smoke given off. This smoke system should not however be used in houses that contain either cucumbers or vines which have flowered.

Fruit Growing

Trees heavily laden with fruit must be given support and all superfluous growth on fruit trees thinned out and stopped.

Cherry trees may have netting arranged to stop birds from eating the ripening cherries.

All surplus raspberry suckers should be removed to ensure that the fruiting canes receive as much nourishment as possible.

Strawberries must be given plenty of water and the laterals retained for new plants pegged down into small pots buried near to the row of plants.

Vegetables

Peas should now be picked as often as required and this will encourage the plants to continue cropping. Water can be given to all vegetable plants if the weather is dry. Regular applications of water will help to stop lettuces from running to seed.

Crops needing thinning out now include beetroots, carrots and onions.

No more asparagus should be cut from the bed after the middle of the month and the crowns must be left to produce fern for the rest of the growing season.

27. August 2013 by admin
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