There are plenty of gardening jobs to do in June!
If you thought that now the growing season is in full swing you can kick back and relax, you are mistaken. June is a rather busy month in the garden, especially if you want to continue harvesting veggies in the fall and winter.
But first things first:
Slugs and snails are very hungry at this time of the year. You will have to beat them to it if you want some of those veggies for yourself. Regular slug hunts at dusk and dawn are the most effective way to keep them at bay.
To keep the soil cool and prevent it from drying out, mulch all around your plants, especially around thirsty ones such as tomatoes and zucchinis. Mulching also helps to control the slugs.
Water regularly, but not excessively.
By now, your tomatoes should be in the ground. Gently tie them to their support and pinch out the side shoots.
On hot days, make sure you don’t forget to ventilate the tunnel or greenhouse.
Harvest herbs, such as savoury, oregano and lemon balm before they begin to flower.
Hurray, it is finally warm enough to sow Basil and Coriander!
You are probably already harvesting lettuce, rocket and radishes, and maybe even snow peas. For successive crops, continue sowing them until the end of July.
You can sow beans now, but protect them well against slugs – they love the young shoots!
If your season is long enough and the climate reasonably mild, you still have a chance to sow courgettes and pumpkins -but hurry up, it is getting late! Young plants can be planted into their permanent position now.
Autumn/winter veggies like autumn leeks and brassicas like kales and cabbage can be sown until the middle of June.
The middle of June is the end of rhubarb and asparagus harvesting time.
Don’t forget the animals at this time of the year – they really appreciate a source of clean cool water and some seeds or fruit.
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