June marks the start of Summer. There is a lot to do in the garden, but this is the time of the year when you can enjoy the pleasure produced by your hard work.
So above all, take time to enjoy, sit and relax in your paradise. Think of this month as the time when gardens hit their peak.
The weather in June is usually quite warm with few days of rain. All tender plants can now be put outside as the risk of frosts is passed.
Keep an eye on recently planted plants, container plants and water them when necessary.
If you didn’t that previously, spread a mulch of organic matter over bare soil after a rain to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.
Also, if you haven’t already got one, install a water butt wherever possible to catch valuable rain water.
When watering, remember that it is better to water less frequently but giving a good soak, than splashing a little water everywhere.
This is because the water will go deeper on the soil, evaporating less and will induce the plants to grow deeper roots that will be better prepared for the long term.
Pests and diseases are now with their full energy to attack in these warm conditions. Wherever possible try to use organic means to control them, rather than using chemicals.
Following some simple tips on gardening principles and hygiene you can easily reduce the risk of attacks. These include:
- not allowing plants to grow to closely
- feed them to encourage strong growth and defenses
- keep them watered
These are simple steps to grow healthier plants.
Weeding is an important job to do in June. In a sunny day, take them with the roots and leave over the surface to wither.
Deadheading should also be a regular task as it can extend the flowering period. This will prevent the plant energy to go into seed production that will use it to new growth and later flowering.