June Seasonal Tips

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At last we can be pretty sure the risk of frost is over so tender plants can go out, but do protect them with fleece if cold winds arrive, at least until they are hardened off.

In the flower garden prune spring flowering shrubs once the blooms have faded; train climbing roses and dead head the flowers as soon as they die. Roses that are susceptible to black spot may benefit from the addition of banana skins. They are a healthy addition to your fertilizing program, they decompose rapidly, and readily release beneficial minerals such as potassium, sulphur, calcium, magnesium, trace elements and some phosphates into the soil.

Plant up patio containers and hanging baskets and don’t forget to add the water retaining gel. Divide primroses and polyanthus for planting. Sow biennials such at Canterbury Bell, viola, and Sweet William  for flowering next year.

Transplant Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower to their final position. Pinch out the tips of runner beans when they reach the top of their support. Tie in tomatoes. Sow peas and salads for succession, beetroot, carrots, swedes and a few more runner beans for a late crop.

Courgettes and Marrows love a rich soil and plenty of water. The ideal place to grow them is on last year’s compost heap provided it is in a sunny place.

Keep the hoe moving to keep the weeds down.

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