Wednesday, May 23, 2018

07 Jun

June Garden – Sowing & Planting

Hanging Baskets

Water hanging baskets and containers as they will dry out faster than your beds

Ah Blooming June! It’s wonderful to enjoy long hot summer days in the garden at this time of year, and watch the garden burst with growth, but many areas are prone to drought.  This is a good time to start a gardening notebook and note those plants which withstand drought conditions. It’s a good idea is to use mulch to reduce the need for  watering.

There’s plenty to do in the garden during long summer days:

Sowing and planting:

If you haven’t done so, plant out summer bedding plants and make sure that you water them well to keep them moist during dry spells. Fill the gaps in your herbaceous borders with annual bedding.

Perennials such as Delphiniums and Lupins can be sown directly into drills outside when the seed heads have split.   Many varieties of winter bedding, such as wallflowers, pansies and ornamental cabbages should be sown between now and July for this autumn/ winter.

Sow Hellebore seed once they have ripened and been harvested.  Sow them immediately, while they are fresh.  Hellebores need a winter in the ground to encourage germination.

Plant autumn flowering bulbs such as Crocuses and Cyclamen.

Vegetables:

Sow Beetroot, Lettuces, Carrots, French and Runner beans, Peas, Spring Onions directly into the warm soil.

Plant out vegetables that you have started indoors such as Courgettes, Cucumbers, Tomatoes. Harden them off before planting them out.

Harvest Lettuce, Radish and other Salads and Early Potatoes and pull up baby Beetroot.

Tend to Tomatoes by removing the side shoots on Tomato plants as soon as they appear at the base of a leaf.


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