“Summer has definitely arrived with a sizzle! Watering will be key, especially keep an eye on young seedlings, newly planted lawns / plants as well as containers all of which will suffer if they dry out. And if it does rain take full advantage by collecting as much as possible – you can even reuse the water that you’ve washed up in.” – Charlie Dimmock
General garden maintenance
- Liquid feed containers regularly to get strong growth and lots of blooms – the healthier plants are the less likely they are to suffer from disease.
- Mow lawns weekly to keep them looking good – in dry weather its worth not cutting them too short, that way they stay greener for longer.
- If you’ve sown hardy annuals thin through them taking out the weakest – leaving the strong ones more space to grow and get bigger – giving you more blooms in the long run.
- Fruit trees will naturally drop immature fruit in June but you may need to thin them out even more – you’ll get better quality fruit, less stress on the tree while leading to more even cropping year after year.
- Plum trees and cherry trees can be pruned as winter pruning can lead to disease.
- It’s warm enough for summer bedding and tender vegetables to go outside now. It’s best to acclimatise them over a week by putting them outside during the day and back in at night.
Flowers and plants
- Roses give a great display in June – dead head regularly to keep new blooms coming through and once the main flush is over feed with a Rose fertiliser for a second display.
- Early flowering perennials like Alchemilla and Oriental Poppies can be cut back hard, you’ll get fresh foliage, even a few more blooms – at the same time stopping them looking untidy.
- Tomatoes will need staking and tying in. If you’re growing cordon varieties remember to pinch out the side shoots regularly.
- Lift, divide and replant snowdrops, bluebells and congested daffodils for a bigger display next year. Cut back yellowing foliage from the other spring bulbs.
- Harvest lavender flower heads – on a dry hot sunny day – to go into baking and cooking as well as linen draws.
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