Gardening tips for June

PUBLISHED: 08:33 31 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:17 20 February 2013

By Linda Viney

1. By now it should be safe to plant out tender bedding plants, but make sure you have hardened them off first. Also you must remove early annuals such as Forget-me-nots as soon as they have finished flowering otherwise they seed too freely and once removed will leave large gaps in the border. Bedding plants must never be allowed to dry out, which is why they have become less popular over the years as they do need some tender loving care.

2. This is one of the best months in the flower garden as everything is new and fresh. The plants will give many months of pleasure if you keep a lookout for pests and dead head regularly, as this encourages the plant to produce more flowers. Remember though to leave some flowers for producing seeds for next year. When plants such as the oriental poppies are cut to the ground once they have finished flowering, the gap can be filled with annuals.

3. Foliage plants are a valuable addition to any border as shiny leaves can brighten an otherwise dull border and are useful in a shady area. Grasses can cast a thin veil - I have one in a terracotta pot by one of my seats and find it very therapeutic to run my fingers through it. Silver foliage compliments pastel shades, creating a romantic feel.

4. Do not plant any bare rooted trees and shrubs now but container ones can be added. Prepare the hole with good organic manure and compost and make sure the soil is well watered. Check any ties as trees are in full growth now and ties can soon cut into the trunk. Remove any suckers as soon as they appear so all the strength goes into the tree.

5. Keep sowing a succession of vegetables such as peas and beans to extend the harvest. Early potatoes should soon be ready and earth up later varieties. Every week, thin out seedlings as soon as they are big enough to handle allowing vegetables to grow to their full potential. Herbs should be kept at the kitchen door so you can easily cut them when required.

6. Still mow the lawn regularly and remember your garden is to enjoy and shouldn't be a chore. Enjoy the sun, entertain friends during the long summer evenings and don't forget the citronella candles to keep the biting insects at bay.

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