We hope you find these topical tips, courtesy of our Chairman, useful!
What to do in June
Topical tips for June
After all the warm weather you should now be starting to see the results of some of your earlier work but keep at it!
• Now that frosts are over (we hope!) plant out all your bedding plants and place hanging baskets and containers in their outside positions. As your bedding plants and containers come into flower keep them regularly dead-headed to maintain good display.
• Continue to sow small amounts of salad crop seeds to provide you with a continuity of supply throughout the summer. Plant out cabbage and sprout plants to their final positions. Soil pesticides are no longer available so consider using fleece to protect against cabbage root fly and carrot fly.
• Plant out sweetcorn in a block rather than a line to improve the chances of pollination of the female flowers from the male flowers at the top of the plants.
• Now the bedding plants are out of the greenhouse you should have space to plant tomatoes, cucumber, peppers and melons. These can be grown in the greenhouse border or in gro-bags. Make sure that you give enough ventilation and shade the greenhouse.
• Keep a careful eye out for garden pests, including lily beetle (a small scarlet red beetle which not surprisingly loves lilies and fritillaries).
• Biennial and perennial flowers such as sweet williams, wallflowers, bellis, pansies, hollyhocks and lupins can be sown outdoors. Transplant them later so that they can grow on to give you good-sized plants for planting out in the Autumn and flowering next Spring.
• Don’t let the lawnmower get rusty – use it at least once a week.
• Remove any blanket weed from ponds. If green algae has been a problem, plants which cover the surface, such as water lilies or floating plants such as water hyacinths can help to provide shade and reduce the amount of algae produced.
• At the first sign of problems spray roses to control any greenfly or blackspot. Remove dead flowers and cut back to a leaf joint to promote new growth.
• If you are growing fuchsias for summer flower shows make your last “stop” (pinching out of growing tips) about 6 – 8 weeks before the date of the show (approximately 6 weeks for singles, and 8 weeks for double varieties). Continue feeding with high nitrogen fertiliser to develop the plants to their full potential. When flowering starts change to a high potash fertiliser.
There’s still lots to do but don’t ease up yet – you might have time to sit in the garden next month!