What to do in June

Lawn Care
Mow you’re lawn every 5 days , this will stimulate growth leaving behind your grass clippings allows you to retune some of the nutrients used for growth to return and feed soil again.
If you have some broad leaved weeds, remove by hand, apply a mix of lawn seed and compost to recover the exposed soil. Small seeds germinate best on an even damp surface.Until patches have established, water.This is also a perfect time to sow a new lawn. Weather conditions, soil temperatures and light  are just right for excellent germination and strong growth. The last couple of weeks we have had lots of wetting rain, therefore the soil is nice and damp.

  1. The best time to water all plants and seedlings, is as early in the day as possible.It leaves time to dry before nightfall, which helps prevent fungal diseases.
    This is also a perfect time to sow a new lawn or wild meadow area. Weather conditions and soil temperatures are just right for excellent germination and strong growth.
  2. The best time to water all plants and seedlings, is as early in the day as possible.It leaves time to dry before nightfall, which helps prevent fungal diseases.
    Watering tomato plants and ornamental containers , use a bucket for watering for deep penetration of water. Keep a schedule, you can train plants not to need too much. If the tomato plants are in grow bags or small pots, they may need more frequent watering. Also remember to pinch out the axil shoots to encourage vigour in main stems.Container grow plants need to be fed, as slow release fertiliser begins to run out after 6 weeks. Especially in dry weather when adding water you re also flushing out nutrients.Which need to be replaced in quickly growing plants producing lots of flowers. Flowers on a tomato plant = tomatoes.
    Harvest your early potatoes.Try and see how big they are. “Earlies” should be flowering mid June.
  3. Where you had potatoes growing plant  Purple sprouting broccoli which is probably the best veg to grow as it rewards you so well.
  4. Cut your box hedging, and all other hedging. Place some sheeting at base to make it easier to collect trimmings and compost after. Also flowering shrubs, now finished ,  time to prune, for shape and also to stimulate fresh growth for next years flowers.
  5. Fill those gaps left by bulbs with annuals and also perennials where you can see the gaps with the remaining leaves still hanging. I find you are less likely to disturb your bulbs if there is still some foliage. Cosmos, Sweet Pea, Nasturtium , Nicotiana, Lunaria, also an opportunity to plant Dahlias growing in pots — not an annual. All of these will flower until the first frosts in October.
  6. Now is a good time to sow carrot seeds.Plant out cucurbits such as pumpkins and courgettes — if grown under cover harden off for a couple of days. Still time to grow from seed. Peas and beans also. In my garden I also will plant out leeks with my carrots.
  7. Keep on top of weeds with your Osslating Hoe.Hoeing in the morning will allow the beheaded leaves wilt.
  8. Take cuttings of your favourite plants first thing in the morning.Have your mix ready of compost and grit erring on the grit.Keep well watered and out of direct sunlight.If leaves on cuttings are very large reduce  to slow down evaporation( you need some leaf).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 also don’t take any that are unhealthy. At this time of year you will be taking ‘soft wood’ material.
  9. You can make your own plant food, by soaking seaweed (loose on a beach never cut seaweed) in a bucket and diluting making a much weaker liquid ( like weak tea) often a strong solution can burn plants. Also soak nettles, comfrey and finally make an infusion from manure.
  10. Mornington Garden is open to visitors .Why not come for coffee or afternoon tea.Also I can organise a private gardening class for groups of 4 or more. Enjoy the long the long days of summer.Take the odd day off and visit other gardens on the www.dublingardentrail.com.
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