June in the garden

June In The Garden - Blog Post

The weather is finally starting to turn around!

This month we’ll start to see lupins, peonies and some heleniums come into bloom. And we’ll want to spend more time in the garden socialising, barbeques and just relaxing with a cuppa. So let’s get the garden into a blooming lovely space that you’ll want to spend time in.

The longest day of the year falls on June 21, bringing warmer temperatures and extra sunlight to help your garden grow. Flowers are blossoming, there’s lots to harvest in the vegetable garden and keeping on top of growing plants is a priority — particularly weeds!

Here’s a list of jobs to take care of in your garden this June:

  • Check plants daily and water them if the soil is dry — especially newly planted trees and shrubs that are still getting established.
  • Start to pick sweet peas as soon as they flower to encourage more blooms.
  • Dead-head your roses if they’re repeat-flowering types. Otherwise, leave the seed heads on for decoration.
  • Towards the end of June, if your hardy geraniums have finished flowering, cut them back to encourage new foliage and flowers.
  • Pinch out any side shoots from your tomato plants. You can pot these up to create new tomato plants. Start to feed once the first truss is setting fruit.
  • Harvest salad crops, and re-sow every 2 weeks for a constant supply of tasty leaves.
  • Harvest early potatoes — these are normally ready about 10 weeks after planting.
  • Keep an eye on your onions and garlic. When the leaves start to yellow and die back, they’re ready to harvest.
  • Start to prune your plum or cherry trees now.
  • Use water butts as much as possible and water your containers and baskets well and regularly, especially in hot weather.
  • Keep bird baths topped up throughout summer and clean regularly to not spread diseases.
  • Clip evergreen hedges such as privet, box and yew while they’re in active growth.