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Garden Maintenance

And finally we move into Summer, welcome June. Lets hope that this month grants us a little more sunshine. But on the bright side at least our water butts are full to the brim!

 

Flower Power

With this month comes full bloom and there are plenty of them out there to enjoy, so coming into flower now are;

  • Ammi

  • Aquilegia

  • Forget-me-not 

  • Marigolds

  • Nasturtiums

  • Poppies

 

But there are still plenty more that you can start sowing direct, like;

  • Amaranthus

  • Calendular

  • Sunflowers

  • Zinnia

 

Veg Plot

Hopefully if the rain subsides a little, more direct sowing can resume and now is good time to start sowing the following; 

  • Runner & French Beans

  • Sprouting Broccoli

  • Chicory

  • Courgettes

  • Cucumbers

  • Peas

  • Sweetcorn

 

But of course there are plenty of tasty things you can be havesting too this month;

  • Beetroot

  • Cabbages

  • Cauliflowers

  • Salad Leaves

  • Spring Onions

  • Swiss Chard

 

Herbs

June is a great month to get caught up on sowing your herbs;

  • Basil

  • Broage

  • Fennel

  • Mint

  • Coriander

 

And this month is all about reaping what you sow and you can be enjoying these glorious herbs this month;

  • Chervil

  • Chives

  • Coriander

  • Lemon Balm

  • Rosemary

 

Pruning 

June is less about pruning and more about training, so time to get out the string and start tying in;

  • Apples (fans & espaliers)

  • Blackberry & Loganberry

  • Fig

  • Pear (fans & espaliers)

  • Plum

  • Raspberry

 

If you’re lucky and you start seeing fruit, then you might want to think about thinning;

  • Plums

  • Gooseberry

  • Fig

 

Nature

Of course in May we practised #nomowmay to help optimise food for our pollinators but now moving into June I know most people will be itching to get the mower out. But if I can advise you to (if you have the space) only to mow what you need (a path for example) and leave the rest. Because I promise, you will be astonished at the pollinators and diversity it adds to your garden. Even if you just leave a patch or a strip unmowed at the bottom of the garden, this small space can be a real haven of food and protection for wildlife.

 

If you have a pond then now is a great time to clear out any unwanted debris (this can be added to your compost) or if like us, your pond plants and oxyginators are enjoying life a little too much, then now is a good time to divide and maybe add an additional mini-pond to your garden or encourage a neighbour to build their own little pond.

 

Clean and top up any bird baths regularly, especially as the weather starts getting warmer. Making sure that you are only providing just small amounts of food on tables and feeders, since we really want the birds to be helping out with the aphids at this time of year too.

 

And of course making sure that you have provided food and habitat for hedgehogs, frogs and toads as we are really going to need their help now that the slugs and snails have decided to attack in their great numbers.