June Garden and Allotment Jobs
June can be an extremely busy month in the garden and allotment. It is the longest day also the weather is getting hotter, so keeping those plants well watered is vital. In June you will still be growing lots of flowers, vegetables and also planting out – which you can find in our guide here. In this guide we will explain all the jobs which can be done in the garden in June. In hot weather do not water your plants in direct sunlight, either water the plants first thing in the morning or at night after sunset. Here you will be able to find out June Garden and Allotment Jobs
In The Vegetable Beds
Tomato Plants – maintain your tomatoes and encourage them to grow up rather than bush out. Pull off all the side shoots which grow on the tomato plant. This forces the tomato plant to grow up and not on growing more leaves.
Marrow and courgette Plants – These can be planted this month if you have not planted them yet. Plant with a trowel making sure the soil ball stays together. Water plant immediately after planting.
Leeks – these can be planted out this month. Choose the best ones that are growing to plant out. Drop the plants into the holes. Do not back fill. Fill the hole with water for the soil to fall back in place.
Garlic – This may be ready to harvest at the end of the month. When the leaves start to go yellow and die back that means they are ready to harvest.
Onions – As well as garlic these will also be getting ready to harvest at the end of the month. When the leaves turn yellow and fall flat and start dying back this is when they are ready to harvest.
Potatoes – As they start popping there heads through the ground cover them with more soil. This will encourage more potatoes to grow. If you are planting potatoes in containers make sure you don’t let the compost dry out but do not over water them. If you planted you potatoes in March they will be getting ready to harvest. They usually take around 10-12 weeks to grow and be ready. You can keep an eye on the foliage dying back on top.
Courgettes, Squash, Pumpkins – These will be ready to plant out this month just make sure that you harden them off for a couple of weeks first or the shock of the cold air at night may kill them off.
Brassicas – Now is the time to be planting out your cabbages, cauliflowers and broccoli. Add extra protection round them by using brassica collars round the plants.
Cucumber plants – pinch out the ends on cucumber plants when they have reached 8 leaves. Make sure the plants are watered regularly.
If you are growing things under glass like a greenhouse or cold frame apply a white wash or shading so that the sun does not scorch the plants.
In the Flower Beds
Flowers require your attention during this month including keeping them watered. If you are growing in pots and hanging baskets check them in a morning an at night. Find out June Garden and Allotment Jobs in the flower garden here.
Sweet Peas:- Pick your sweet Peas as soon as they start flowering, this will encourage more flowers to grow on your plants. You will be giving them away you will have that many. The best way to water sweet peas is to mist them after sunset or in the morning.
Tall flowers:- Support these by using canes. You don’t want them snapping in windy weather.
Snowdrops:- When the plants start to die off lift the bulbs and divide them so you will get more snow drops.
Wallflowers:- At the end of June you can sow wall flowers and sweet williams in there flowering positions.
Hanging Baskets:- Make sure that you have hardened off your hanging baskets before taking them out doors. Make sure they are well watered in the hot days, they soon dry out. IF you want to play safe padlock it to your bracket to stop it being pinched.
Dahlias:- When your dahlias begin to grow around 3 weeks after planting you can pinch out the tip off each main shoot. This will encourage the plant to become more bushy.
Spring Bulbs:– When the foliage has died back you can then trim the leaves off. Don’t trim them back before they have died back.
Gladioli:- When the weather is dry make sure the ground has had a good soaking especially when you start to see the flower spikes appearing.
Fuchsias:- To make the plant more bushey and gain more flowers pinch the tips off each stalk.
Roses:- As roses die back make sure you deadhead them. If you notice any black spot pull those leaves off.
Poppies:- Once oriental poppies have finished flowering cut them back to the ground this will encourage new growth.
Honey Suckle and Clematis: – Help these climbing plants by tying them to the framework that they are growing up.
Lavender:- Why not harvest the heads from your lavender to use in baking, or to garnish you food. Saves money buying it.
In the Fruit Garden
In June your fruit will be growing on all your bushes and trees. Make sure you protect them from birds. Also make sure they are drinking extra water while they are fruiting to help them swell. Find out your fruit garden jobs for June Garden and Allotment Jobs.
Plum Trees:- these trees can start to be pruned this month. Try and not disturb any fruit which is growing. Keep you eyes on the tree that greenfly do not attack them. Try and protect fruiting trees from birds.
Strawberry Plants:- Check your strawberry plants for them throwing runners out ( strawberry plant babies) . Any that you see being sent out by the mother plant peg them down into the soil so that they root. If you see any strawberry plants developing grey mold destroy the fruit – this can happen in very damp weather. Watch out for other pests attacking the strawberries. Cover them with netting to protect from birds. Use slug traps to catch slugs.
Apple Trees:- Keep your eye out on the tree for greenfly. Also keep your eye out for spider mite. Where you see a heavy set of fruit thin them out. But watch out as in June an beginning of July there can be a heavy drop of fruit. Make sure that the fruit trees are receiving extra water at this time of year.
Blackberry and Loganberries:- These two fruits need help while they are growing. Make sure you fasten the stems to supports so that they are off the ground as pests can eat them.
Blackcurrant:- You can help the plant by encouraging new growth on the bust by watering the bush, you can even mulch with compost or manure.
Gooseberry:- If you can see your gooseberry bush creating a heavy crop, you can thin them out, this will improve the size of the gooseberries. Just watch out for the thorns as they can really hurt. Cut off any of the new lateral shoots to around 5 leaves. This will encourage the fruit bush to put all it’s effort into the fruit.
Peach and Nectarine Trees:- Watch out for greenfly on the tree and treat as appropriate.
Raspberry:- Make sure you water raspberry plants well during dry weather and as the fruit starts to develop to help it swell.
Red and White Currents:- you can protect these bushes from the birds by either building a fruit cage round them or using cotton between the branches to stop the birds getting in. The fruit will start to develop this month.
We hope you have found these garden and allotment tips useful for June Garden and Allotment Jobs. There is certainly plenty of jobs in the garden to keep you going. It’s a good job the nights are longer this month.