June is all about enjoying your garden and doing just enough maintenance to keeping on top of it, remembering to weed, water and feed your plants.
Continue to mow, raising the blades in hot dry weather and spiking the lawn the allow water to penetrate. Remove broad leaved weeds by hand or apply lawn weedkiller.
If your borders are in full sun, consider applying a mulch of compost or bark on top of the soil between the plants to reduce water evaporation.
Feed container plants, bedding plants and veggies. Liquid-feed tubs and baskets every two weeks if you haven’t already mixed in controlled-release fertiliser.
Start lifting Spring bulbs when their leaves have turned yellow, place them indoors in a shallow box. Remove the leaves, roots and skins when they have dried and then store the bulbs in a cool dry shed for planting in the Autumn.
Water the greenhouse to dampen it down in hot weather and ensure you have sufficient shading on the glass to prevent your plants from becoming scorched. Pinch out all but 4 of the side shoots of melon plants and spray cucumbers with water to maintain a humid atmosphere for them. Feed tomatoes, peppers and other greenhouse crops with a high-potash feed such as Tomorite every two weeks
June is also the time for harvesting early crops – Strawberries, salads, spring onions and radishes you sowed or planted earlier in the year. You may also have the first onions – they are ready when the leaves turn yellow.
Bring indoor plants outside
Move any summer flowering house plants into the garden. They will brighten any patio area and benefit from the extra light.
Roses are at their best in June, so admire them and relax in your garden. Sit in a favourite warm or shady spot and enjoy the lovely space you have worked so hard to create!