Early-flowering perennials such as poppies and forget-me-nots will have already flowered. Cutting them back hard after flowering will result in a second wave of foliage and in some cases and second summer flush of flowers. If dry, water immediately after pruning.
Strawberries and other soft fruits in your garden are going to need a helping hand in June. Strawberries benefit from having a bed of straw to help them ripen, or gardening fleece used as a cushion has the same effect. Remember to also start netting your developing soft fruits to prevent the wildlife in your garden pilfering too many of your berries.
Any of your tomatoes which haven’t yet been planted outside can now safely be put outside. Pinch out any side shoots to encourage a better crop and tie loosely to a garden cane for extra support. Many salad veggies are now ready to be harvested such as lettuce, radish and any early potato varieties you may have.
The extra sunlight in June is great for your plants, but weeds will also be thriving too. Keep on top of your weeding by splitting your garden into sections and tackling them one at a time. This will prevent any areas being forgotten, and help you to keep on top of it.
As the weather continues to improve, your lawns will need mowing once a week. In periods of dry weather be sure not to cut it too closely so it can cope with the drought better and retain more moisture.
It goes without saying, but during the warmer months it is essential to keep on top of your plants water needs. Water in the evenings once the sun has started to go down to prevent your plants from getting scorched and to reduce water evaporation. The best method for watering your garden is to use a hose attached to a water butt. If you don’t have this system in place, then heed any advice given for drought-affected areas.
Pinch out any shoot tips on your summer bedding to encourage a more bushy growth habit. This will provide you with better coverage and also a better show of flowers. Early vegetable sowings will also need thinning out to provide the stronger shoots with more space to grow. Most fruit trees will naturally ‘thin’ their crops in June, but its always good to check on them too. Apples should be one fruit per cluster, pears two fruits per cluster, plums 5-8cm apart, peaches 20-25cm apart and nectarines 15cm apart.
If you haven’t already done so, now is a great time to get your hanging baskets planted up and hung outside in their full glory and to also choose your summer bedding plants. We have a huge range of summer bedding plants for sale in our Garden Centre, and we also offer a bespoke hanging basket service if you want a little help cheering up your garden. Details can be found here
On especially sunny days be sure to shade your greenhouse as best you can to prevent any plants inside from getting scorched, and open any windows or vents when you can so that fresh air can circulate inside, giving your tender plants the boost that they need.