Autumn Gardening Classes recommence on September 5 and 7th. 10 - 1 pm .
Osslating Hoes back In Stock
What to do Now in June
- Enjoy your garden and visit others www.dublingardengroup.com
- Harvest early potatoes and keep an eye on watering those in containers.It is veery important to keep potatoes earthed up, that is tubers covered excluding light.
- Cut your box heading, lay some sheeting at base to make it easier to collect trimmings and compost after.Also better to be narrow on top so as to allow sun at base of hedge.Best to cut in dull dry conditions,
- Fill those gaps left by bulbs with annuals and also perennials where you can see the gaps with the remaining leaves still hanging on, then clear the spent leaves into your compost bin.
- Now is a good time to sow carrot seeds.Plant out cucurbits such as pumpkins and courgettes.Sow leeks where you had potatoes growing and later in June plant purple sprouting broccoli, which is probably the best veg to grow as it rewards you so well.
- Keep on top of weeds with your Osslating Hoe ( have some in stock).Hoeing in the morning will dry out soil in the evening the opposite.
- The best time to water is early in the day right up to 6pm after that you are just helping slugs and snails.Watering tomatoes plants use a bucket and water when the soil is dry but keep a schedule every 3 or 4 days. If the plants are in grow bags or small pots they may need more frequent watering. Also remember to pinch out the axil shuts to encourage vigour in main stems.vigour
- Containers, water and feed.You can make your own by soaking seaweed in a bucket and diluting making a much weaker mixture. Feed often with a weaker solution, a strong solution can burn plants. Keep dead heading for continuous flowering of annuals such as sweet pea, cosmos and dahlias when the start flowering.Feeding a little and often.
- Take cuttings of your favourite plants. Use a mix of compost and grit erring on the grit.Keep well watered and out of direct sunlight.If leaves on cuttings are very large reduce or remove to slow down evaporation.Try to take cuttings that are about the size of a pencil and only take from a healthy plant.Place around the sides of a pot preferably a pre water soaked terra-cotta, don’t be tempted to place a cutting in the centre. Many cuttings fail so take lots. Best take cuttings in the early morning and place in a plastic bag to help them stay alive.
- Keep mowing your grass and leave cuttings behind. If you have a large area of lawn consider just mowing paths.
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Botanical Mono Printing and Sketching in the Garden June 2108
Ants in the Garden
Mornington May 17 2018
The best and worst thing about gardening is that time does not stand still, and I suppose neither do we.Gardening is about life and the desire to live.
Really enjoy every day of May as the country side and our gardens push up new growth, the leaves on the trees, so fresh and vibrant, the Cherry, Apple blossom booming, drink in the fresh air which we are now beginning to realise we cannot take for granted.
The combination of our non toxic gardening will have a benefit , encouraging bio-diversity where it is difficult to exist in other places, such a natural thing in our gardens, on our balconies where ever we can encourage flora and fauna to thrive.
May Day was born from the industrial struggle for an eight-hour day.For a gardener as the days stretch we have the opportunity to extend our time in the garden — no May Day for us, but then is it work?
May the beginning of summer, the seeds were sown in spring, new life really starts to be seen in the garden.The apple trees are in full bloom bearing fruit in the autumn, completing their cycles of life, with the production of seed to continue on.
The soil is beginning to warm up as the days grow longer and generally in most parts of the country around the 20 May we can start planting out our more delicate plants without the worry of frost.The protection we gave the soil in the autumn and late winter will now begin to pay dividends, without good soil we are lost.
I suppose the best indicator that things are happening is the growth of weeds, and so keep hoeing. Weeds are flowers growing in the wrong place, so you choose, as dandelions are still one of the best sources of early pollen for our precious bees.
For me May brings back many very happy memories of my Holy Communion picnic on the shores of Lough Corrib with the Hawthorn in full bloom. Enjoy.
1 Plant up your tomatoes into the best possible compost, plant them deep.
2 Early flowering shrubs when finished, such as Forsythia, now is the time to prune as they will produce their flowers again on this years growth.
3 Mow your lawn often keep short and allow the grass to stay there helping to feed the soil.
4.Dead head Tulips and Narcissi ( daffodils) as they finish, allow the leaves to die back naturally, as they are feeding the bulbs for next year, this can take 6 weeks 9 mid June).
5 Keep a good eye out for slugs and snails, they are most active int the evenings. Set up beer traps for them, hoeing in the morning also helps to reduce baby slugs.