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Gardening Diary June

Gardening Diary June

June - an overview

This is the month where most of the space in the vegetable plot is taken up. You can plant out vegetables such as courgettes, sweet corn, french beans, runner beans which were sown indoors in May. It is advisable to protect them under cloche or a fleece for a couple of weeks from the wind and the cold. Make sure sweet corn is planted in a block to aid pollination rather than a row.

BeetrootYou can make sowing of many varieties of vegetables early June. It is worth making a succession of sowing seeds such as french bean, lettuce, radish, beetroot at weekly intervals. This will extend the eating season rather than having a glut for a couple of weeks and then nothing.

GarlicGarlic that was planted last October - November should be ready towards the end of the month.

If have space plant out the winter vegetables, such as cabbage and sprouts that was sow in February - March. Leeks that were sown indoors in February - March should be planted out when there is space in the garden. You make a hole with a dibber, drop the leek into the hole and water in.

Garden HoeAny dry sunny days make sure you get the hoe out and remove the annual weed seedlings as much as possible. This is when you appreciate sowing seed in straight lines as its quick to hoe up and down the rows. The benefit of hoeing on a dry sunny day is the hoe cuts through the weeds and they are left to dry out on the soil. If it's done when the soil is wet the hoe clogs in the soil, and any seedlings pulled up are more likely to put roots back into the soil. If the soil is wet concentrate on hand weeding around plants.

Take care when weeding with a hoe with plants such as onions which have shallow roots and can be damaged if the hoe gets too near, it's worth hoeing down the row and then hand picking the weeds around the onions.

Any long dry spells water the crops that need it most. This is usually seedlings and onions. Make sure you water in the evening and give the ground a good soaking as little water will do more harm than good.

Runner BeanLater in the month runner beans will need to be supported, use 6ft canes for each plant to go up. Peas will also need some form of support; old sticks can be placed in the ground for support. Broad beans depending on the variety may need supporting; usually a stick at the end of each row with string tied round.

Check perennial plants such as asparagus and globe artichoke. With asparagus, once it is established which can take a few years you can pick a few asparagus from each plant over the course of 6 weeks when you stop so the plant can rebuild for the following year. Rhubarb depending on how early and frequent it has been picked will need to be left to grow so it has enough energy for next year.

Strawberries will be ready to pick early June onwards, it is worth netting them otherwise birds will eat them. Same can be said of other fruit such as red currants which will be fruiting this month, if you can't net fruit, consider white currants which birds seem to avoid.

omfreyIf you have a patch of comfrey it should be growing well and is worth harvesting some of the leaves and adding to a rain water butt to make a liquid fertilizer,

Greenhouse; plants such as tomato, peppers and cucumbers will need water in the evening and morning. Tomatoes will need supporting and side shoots will need pinching out. To help pollination shake the main stem daily. Check for any pests such as greenfly and whitefly.

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If you have any advice or tips about gardening relating to this month contact us and if suitable will add to the page - please local to Haworth and the surrounding area only.

Gardening Diary

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