Here we are half-way through the year, with the longest day on the 21st. June celebrates the joy of gardening, the roses are at their best & there should be a few crops ready to harvest,
In this scorching weather, its young plants & seedlings that need attention. Nurturing with just enough water to keep them going, but not too much so they put on lots of soft growth & get used to an easy life.
Support plants before they flop, they soon loose their pliability & become impossible to right.
Dead-head flowers, removing the spent ones before they produce seed & they’ll flower again. Many roses, hardy & half-hardy annuals are good candidates for this.
Put out water bowls for birds in a part-shaded quiet place, away from pets & people. It helps if their placed next to tall, bushy shrubs, to give birds a quick escape from cats & other predators.
Birds in the garden are a tremendous help, especially for organic gardeners. Birds will be busy in spring, mopping up small predatory insects just when we need them to keep pests away from seedlings & small plants.
There’s a last call for planting runner beans, peas & main-crop carrots.
Protect carrots from carrot fly. A barrier about 60cm/2 ft high stops the low-flying adults laying eggs at the base of plants, these hatch & burrow down to eat the carrots. Sow carrot seeds over the next few weeks to keep the supply going.
Sow a few beetroot seeds a couple of times this month & they’ll be ready in September.
Courgettes & squash can be sown directly into the ground outside this month.
Weeding & mulching with compost needs doing this month. Mulching improves the soil, plants will be stronger & healthier.
Carefully use a hoe to chop the heads off emerging weeds or pull them out, preferably when the soil is damp so the roots come out too.
And whilst blue skies & sunshine initially feels like a good thing, I’m concerned about the long term effects of global warming. But, lets not be overwhelmed, I’m making small steps to reduce my carbon footprint, using less plastic & gardening in a more sustainable way.
Have a look at the posts under the ‘Recycling & Sustainablity’ tab at the top of the page for more information, there’ll be more to come.
Enjoy the rest of the month.
all photos: Jill Anderson.