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June marks Summer Solstice - the longest day in the year. It means that your plants are getting more daylight than in any other month. This will encourage a burst of growth so your plants will need a lot of attention.

  • 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.
  • 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.
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.