Your Garden in JUNE
YOUR GARDEN IN JUNE
It's a good month for the roses!
It's certainly been a mixed spring but at last we reach lovely June, with its longer days, lots of sunshine and, hopefully, all fear of frost behind us. Our gardens should now be full of colour and scent, with borders bursting with flowers. Summer bedding can be planted out to fill gaps in your borders and container displays will look fabulous basking in a warm spot.
Roses are usually at their peak in June and, to keep them looking at their best, you need to remove the flowers as they fade. This will also encourage new blooms, thereby prolonging the display. With so many colours to choose from, and often beautifully scented, roses can be used in borders, containers or climbing up walls, and every garden should have at least one.
The need to deadhead applies to your borders and containers, too. It may seem like a drag, but it can actually be quite therapeutic on a warm evening when the garden is quiet, and you'll certainly be pleased with the results. Another routine job, of course, is the weeding; hoe regularly and hand pull any larger weeds to make sure you remove the roots.
Whilst deadheading, keep a close look out for pests, especially greenfly and blackfly, which thrive in warm, dry weather and must be dealt with before they become established. Some can be picked off by hand, but larger infestations may require different treatment and you'll find lots of products and advice at your local garden centre. Check the stakes of tall-growing perennials, like delphiniums, to make sure they are providing adequate support and, of course, always keep your eye on the watering.
With all this activity in the garden, and with your lawn now being cut on at least a weekly basis, you'll have plenty of material for composting. Compost bins are readily available and are a great way to recycle kitchen and garden waste. Position the bin on bare soil in an easily accessible spot which enjoys some sunshine.
Start adding material to the bin, aiming for an even mix of greens (garden waste) and browns (kitchen waste). Greens include grass clippings, plant prunings and dead flower heads, but not perennial weeds. Browns are vegetable and fruit peelings, teabags, eggshells and shredded paper, but not cooked food, meat or fish.
Continue adding to the bin and keep the compost moist. It usually takes nine to twelve months for everything to break down into a crumbly, dark material with a fresh, earthy smell. Take the compost from the bottom of the bin as you continue to add material to the top, using it to enrich the soil in your borders and veg plots, plant up containers or feed the lawn. It also makes an excellent mulch.
I've chosen a rose as my feature plant for June. The lovely Rosa 'Gertrude Jekyll' is a modern English rose bred by David Austin. It has beautiful, ruffled, deep pink flowers and the scent of an old-fashioned rose, but also benefits from a long flowering season. Gorgeous!
JUNE ON THE VEG PLOT
Whether you have an allotment, a veggie patch in your garden or just a few containers for growing your own, Ruth McNamee from our Plant Area can guide you through the edible gardening year.
The weather should have warmed up by now even with this year's cold start and one thing is for sure: the weeds will be growing strongly. Keep your hoe moving, in between rows of crops, to keep on top of the weeds as you really don't want them taking all the goodness, water and light away from your seedlings. Hand weed carefully around plants so as not to disturb or damage them. Water after weeding to settle plants down.
Water deeply when needed, as your soil must be kept evenly moist. After a good watering and weeding, mulch any bare soil to retain moisture and keep weeds at bay. Try mulching with grass clippings, which should be plentiful at this time of year, or homemade compost. The mulch will get incorporated into the soil improving it as it goes.
Now the danger of frost has passed, it is time to plant out all the tender veg. Runner beans, French beans, cucumber, courgette, pumpkins and sweetcorn will fill the plot nicely.
https://www.bartongrange.co.uk/plants-and-gardening/gardening-advice/ Thanks to WILL