The Gardening Year Jun 2020

What to do now - June

It is that time of year when flowers are in full bloom and some vegetables are ready to harvest, so get out into the garden and enjoy every corner of it!

Keep a regular programme of hoeing beds and borders throughout June and July; this will help control weed seedlings, preventing them from becoming bigger and taking away the vital nutrients that your plants and veg need to grow. A Swoe Hoe is ideal for this task as its narrow, angled head allows you to weed around delicate plants in confined spaces.

Keep the patio looking good for alfresco dining and outdoor entertaining over the summer by keeping on top of the weeds that creep through the cracks, get to grips with them using a handy Patio Scraper or Patio Brush.

Regular watering throughout the summer months will do your plants the world of good, preferably using rain water collected in your water butt. Plants can scorch when watered during the hottest part of the day, so water either first thing in the morning or later in the evening to allow time for plants to soak up the moisture.

Bring sprouting hedges under control and reshape them with a good pair of hedge shears. This applies to all types of hedges except conifers, which should be left until August.

 

Quick tips:

  • Prune wisteria to encourage flowering next spring
  • Weed beds, borders and patios regularly
  • Plant out summer bedding in pots and borders
  • Spread mulch around thirsty crops to help their roots retain moisture
  • Water plants, fruit and vegetables regularly during dry sunny weather (early morning or evening to allow time for the water to be absorbed)
  • Reduce the temperature of your greenhouses by regularly opening doors for ventilation
  • Water houseplants more frequently as temperatures increase
  • Trim fast-growing hedges regularly

 

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