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June in the Garden

by User Not Found | May 30, 2013
June in the garden

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I hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine this week, it really is the perfect weather for getting out and about in the garden. Let’s hope we get a chance to sit back in the garden this coming bank holiday weekend and enjoy some of the summer colour that is beginning to bring some new life to our gardens. You can really add a ‘feel good’ factor to your garden with colourful planting over the Summer months. Those of you who haven’t had the chance to get that garden into shape and get plenty of colour planted up – Don’t you worry! I am here to bring you up to speed on what jobs need doing this June about the garden, it's time to get busy with lots of colour in your garden!

Flowers
  • Don’t let pests build up on plants; spray as necessary to control or cut out infected growth.
  • Deadhead flowering annuals and perennials if you don’t intend to save seeds; this will give the plant more energy to produce more flowers.
  • Prune and deadhead any spring flowering shrubs.
  • Give hanging baskets and patio pots a weekly liquid feed.
  • Finish planting out dahlias, cannas and summer bedding.
  • Cut back dead and dying foliage on spring bulbs.
  • Spray roses to protect them from pests and diseases.
  • Water newly planted trees and shrubs if conditions turn hot and dry.

Summer Flowers 1
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Greenhouse

  • Check plants for signs of pests or problems and treat as soon as possible.
  • Feed plants with full-strength fertiliser solution once a week, or apply a more diluted feed every few days.
  • Keep an eye out for pests, including whitefly and red spider mite, and treat at once.
  • Check potted plants every day, watering if required.

Fruit & Veg

  • Pinch out the side shoots of tomatoes and tie in as required; feed on a weekly basis.
  • Slugs devastate seedlings and other soft plants, especially when the weather is warm and wet. Set slug pellets or slug traps and clear them each morning.
  • Give extra water to ripening soft fruits such as raspberries and strawberries.
  • Harvest early potatoes, carrots and salad crops.
  • Water onions and other crops to keep them growing strongly.
  • Stop cutting asparagus by the end of June to allow the ferns to form.

Summer Flowers 2
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 Around the Garden

  • Add lawn cuttings to your compost heap, or you can use them to mulch around fruit trees.
  • Keep on top of mowing and weeding; don’t cut the grass too close in dry conditions.
  • Water your containers on a daily basis, especially when the weather is warm.
  • The best time to water is early morning or late evening when the temperature is cooler.

I hope the above tips will be of help to you in the garden for June. If you have any questions be sure to comment below, on our Facebook page or Twitter. Please send me in any pictures of your Summer gardens. You can share your pictures on our facebook page or send them to us at hello@countrylife.ie

All the best,

Teresa

Teresa’s Bio 
Currently I am the Horticulturist in Countrylife Castlecomer Co. Kilkenny. I completed my certificate in Horticulture at Kildalton College, Piltown, Co Kilkenny and then began a busy career in horticulture working in several garden centres – even one as far away Bondi Junction, Sydney! During my time studying at Kildalton my keen interest and love of trees, plants and anything green was a guarantee to me that horticulture was the right career path for me. I became passionate about garden design and have been involved in the design and landscaping of many garden projects. The beauty of horticulture to me is that I never stop learning – gardening practices, plants, trees and shrubs are evolving and changing all the time – fertilizing the growth of my garden passion! If you have a horticulture related question please feel free to ask. Teresa