Summer

Seasonal gardening advice for June

By Paul Hervey-Brookes

Summer begins in the middle of June as the days are warmer, longer and the garden is filled with colour and scent. Long days and light evenings give more time to spend in the garden.

Although this is a month of colour and flowers giving gloriously, it is also a month of hard work. Weeds are a constant and hoeing and removal will take up your time. Flower beds, borders and vegetable plots will all need your attention as well as being watered on a regular basis. New, young plants are thirsty and you will need to keep close watch on them.

Keep the greenhouse well ventilated, put up shading screens or apply paint. Dowse regularly with water to keep moisture levels up - paving regularly wetted will increase humidity and keep a greenhouse tidy.

As this month is perfect for taking cuttings, leave space in the greenhouse for them.
Paul Hervey-Brookes

Deadheading annuals will help to keep fresh supplies of flowers through the summer. If you are letting them self seed or want to save the seeds, towards the end of the season stop deadheading. Biennial seeds can still be sown this month. Perennial seeds can be sown in trays or individual pots and kept indoors.

Primulas, pansies and violas should be given light shade if planted now. Spring flowering bulbs can be lifted now after cutting off the dead foliage. They can then be stored until the autumn. Softwood cuttings can be taken now. At the end of the month pinks, carnations, fuchsias and pelargoniums can be propagated and primrose, polyanthus and auricle clumps can be lifted and divided.

Meet the author

Paul Hervey-Brookes

Paul had his own highly successful landscape design business, and has also designed a range of gardening gifts for Marks & Spencers.

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