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June garden advice and maintenance

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General gardening

  • To keep weeds to a minimum, hoe borders regularly
  • Watering is essential. The best time to do this is in the early evening when it is cooler and when less evaporation will occur
  • Spray roses to control pests and diseases with a product such as Multirose 3-in-1 or Roseclear
  • Feed tomato plants once a week as soon as fruits have formed with Tomorite or Westland Nutri Feed for Tomatoes
  • Harvest vegetables including lettuce, radish and early potatoes
  • Position summer hanging baskets and containers outside
  • Feed bedding annuals with a liquid feed such as Miracle-Gro Liquid Feed
  • Feed roses with a good granular fertiliser such as Toprose or Miracle-Gro Rose ‘Plus’
  • Stake tall or floppy plants
  • The lawn will require cutting weekly. If you have used chemicals on your lawn do not add the grass cuttings to the compost heap
  • To improve the quality of strawberries lay straw around them and feed with a high potash food and ensure that they are watered well during dry spells
  • Continue to plant container grown plants, herbaceous and roses

In the greenhouse

  • Shade greenhouses to prevent plants scorching and in hot weather open the vents and dampen the floor to cool and humidify
  • Feed plants at least once a week
  • Continue training and feeding cucumbers and melons

Wildlife gardening

  • Top up bird feeders and baths and put out food
  • Keep the bird bath topped up in the heat
  • Trim shrubs and hedges less frequently to allow wildlife to shelter and feed
  • Put out food for hedgehogs. Do not put out bread and milk; dog food is better
  • Use wildlife friendly slug pellets if chemical slug control is needed
  • Leave roses that produce hips without dead-heading them