We have had the excitement of The Chelsea flower show, which stimulates many of us in to getting out in to the garden, trying new things or simply getting on top of jobs that should have been done weeks ago.
The garden really begins to flourish in June, and so do the weeds! The simplest way to keep on top of all the jobs in June is, 'little and often'. Regular hoeing, feeding, watering, cutting tieing in along with numerous other jobs will keep the garden under control and looking good.
Trees and Shrubs
Continue to water newly planted trees and shrubs
Its Derby day which ids the traditional time to give evergreen hedges such as Box, Yew and Privet their first trim
Black spot on roses can be a major problem in June, so spray with a proprietor y chemical during the evenings
Simply marvel at the colour coming in to the garden in June, especially Rhododendrons which are at their best early in the month, and with the new lime tolerant Inkharo hybrids everyone should have one in their garden
Regularly pinch out side shoots on tomatoes
Continue to earth up potatoes, and you may be able to harvest the first earlies! Nothing better than a new potato from your own garden
Plant out tender veg plants such as courgettes, tomatoes and sweet corn
It's also not too late to plant runner beans
Cover carrots with horticultural fleece to ward off carrot root fly
Summer prune Plums and Cherries
Drapes bird netting over soft fruit bushes to avoid them attacking those desirable fruits you have been carefully nurturing
Strawberries will by now be producing runners which can be pegged down to create plants for next year. If they produce too many simply snip them off
In dry weather set the mower higher to avoid stressing the grass
Apply selective weed killer
Apply high Nitrogen fertilizers
Regular edge up the lawn to give tat pristine finish
Complete planting out Summer bedding plants
Plant baskets, troughs and planters
Plant out Dahlias, mix amongst herbaceous borders for amazingly colourful displays
Lift and divide snowdrops and Bluebells
Keep picking sweet pea flowers to encourage more blooms, what better than a vase of sweet pea flowers in the house,it must be one of the best scents of any flower!!!
Stake floppy herbaceous plants, or give them the 'Chelsea Chop' I.e. cut back top growth by at least half way, and whilst you forfeit some early flowering the subsequent growth will be sturdier and more floriferous. But this must be done early in the month.
Tie in vigorous climbing plants
Hoe! Hoe! Hoe! No its not Santa, but just keep running the garden hoe through borders and veg patch to keep on top of germinating weeds.