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Andrew Tokely's Gardening Tips for June! 10 June 2022

Now June has arrived, it is all systems go in the garden, this month we will be busy keeping on top of the planting and early harvests.

1.    This month's Sweet Peas are starting to bloom, pick the stems regularly to prolong the flowering period otherwise they will set seed and stop flowering. Our Sweet Pea fields look stunning at this time of year.

2.    Around the second week of June, I make my last sowing of Runner Beans. For this later sowing I choose a white flowered variety like White Lady or Moonlight. White flowered varieties are more heat tolerant and will produce you a bumper harvest, which will often continue well into October depending on the weather.

3.    Perennial borders come to life this month as the Delphiniums, Foxgloves and Lupins begin to flower. As these plants have tall flower spikes that can easily snap in the wind, it is important that these stems are well supported with canes or wire. This will prevent them from getting damaged by any strong winds or heavy rain showers, which can often occur at this time of year and can quickly spoil your display.

4.    Once late spring flowering shrubs have finished flowering, they'll need pruning. These shrubs flower each year on new shoots produced the previous year, so it is important to prune them back once they have finished flowering. All these shrubs respond well to hard pruning so don’t be afraid to give them a good haircut, provided you are not cutting back into very old wood.

5.    As space comes available on the vegetable plot, or if you have some spare containers fill these areas up with further sowings of summer salads like Rocket, Lettuce, Radish, Beetroot, and mixed salad leaves.

6.    Make a sowing of Carrot Eskimo this month under Enviromesh and these will be ready to pull as finger carrots for your Christmas lunch.

7.    This month the soft fruit bushes will be producing a bumper crop of fruit, so it is important to erect some protection nets over the bushes, to stop any birds having a feed of your Raspberries and Blackcurrants or your Strawberries before you do.

8.  Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Peppers growing under glass in grow bags and pots need regular watering.  As soon as the first fruits set on Tomatoes and Peppers these can be fed once a week with a high potash feed. As soon as fruits start to appear on Cucumbers, start feeding once a week with a teaspoon of dried blood (a high nitrogen feed) sprinkled around the root, but away from the stem and watered in.   

9.    This month is the ideal time to sow another decorative vegetable the Swiss Chard for a late crop of succulent leaves. These can be grown in borders, the vegetable plot or in large containers, and their decorative brightly coloured stems will make an attractive feature late in the season.

10.    Keep a close watch out for black fly on broad beans, which if seen can be treated with an insecticide. Also keep a close eye on bedding Dahlias and Salvias as black fly also love to take up residence on these plants as well. It is always best to keep a close watch over your plants and if these pests are seen, they should be dealt with as soon as possible, otherwise they can quickly take over and make your plants a mess and reduce their performance.

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