June Gardening Jobs
Summer is here and we could not be more excited (and more ready!). So, when you can, get outside, enjoy the sunshine (when we get it) and take in all the goodness that being outdoors can bring.
June is the month of the Great Outdoors and Camping. Not only that, in June it is the Queens Platinum Jubilee (2nd-4th June), Garden Wildlife Week (6th -13th June), National Growing for Wellbeing Week (6th-13th June) and World Gin Day (11th June) – it’s going to be busy.
If you didn’t know already it is the Queens Platinum Jubilee on the 2nd-4th June, not only are we excited for a super long weekend, but we are even more excited for the events we have planned here at Polhill to celebrate the Queens brilliant 70 years in service.
Now that we are in the month of June, means we don’t have a risk of frost and it’s time to plant out our tender plants including Osteospermum or Cosmos and summer bedding, such as geraniums and dahlias.
JOBS FOR THIS MONTH
* Prune your Wisteria, cut all the long sideshoots back to 20cm, to promote flowering next Spring!
* Use a sturdy cane to support your tall-growing perennials including hollyhocks and delphiniums.
* Summer bedding can still be planted into pots and borders, make sure to water regularly to help plants establish quickly.
* If you have fuchsias and bedding plants, pinch out the tips as this will promote bushier growth.
* If you have container displays and hanging baskets a liquid feed every few weeks will be vital to promote flowering.
* Apply a colourant solution to your hydrangeas to ensure the flowers are a deep, rich blue.
* If your roses are showing signs of disease like blackspot, powdery mildew or rust then be sure to spray them.
* Before you trim any hedges and shrubs be sure to check them for any nesting birds or other wildlife that is relaxing in there.
* Water your new plantings until they are well established.
* Support your dahlias and other well grown flowers with stakes and tie at the stem.
* Prune evergreen Clematis Armandii if it has grown too big!
FRUIT & VEG GARDENING
Those fruit and vegetable growers amongst you have a few things to do too.
*Make sure to cover developing and ripening fruits with netting or fleece to protect them from birds.
* Woolly aphids will love your fruit trees so make sure to treat infestations with soap-based spray to remove them.
* Be on the lookout for snails, especially on damp evenings to reduce populations.
* Tie in new shoots of blackberries, raspberries, and other cane fruits.
* As the summer is dry and sunny, you will need to regularly water your trays containing vegetables and fruits.
* Purchase some tomato feed regularly to fruiting veg crops, such as tomatoes, chillies, and courgettes.
* As beans and peas start to flower make sure to water them!
National Growing for Wellbeing Week 6th-13th June
Set up by Life at No.27, National Growing for Wellbeing Week is the celebration of the magic that growing your own plants or produce can do for both your physical and mental wellbeing.
There are so many scientific studies and data backing the numerous benefits that gardening has, including reduced stress, improved confidence, reduces the risk of a stroke and Alzheimer’s.
Gardening can also improve your mental health too and provides an opportunity to connect with others, which is always great fun!
Did you know, according to the RHS, 30 mins of gardening is comparable to playing badminton, volleyball, or practicing yoga – there is no better excuse to get outside.
Across the month we will be sharing many more health benefits for being out in the garden as well as a few of our top picks for Summer bedding and of course all the things to make your garden grow beautifully!
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