June - The garden should be full of colour this month with vibrant displays of flowers in your borders and tubs. You should also be able to start harvesting vegetable crops.
Tip: Be ruthless with roses
To ensure a succession of flowers throughout the summer, deadhead your rose bushes regularly. Remove individual flowers as they fade and once they have all finished, prune the whole head back to the first leaf that you come to. A new shoot will strike put here, bearing another flower that will bloom in late summer. Delay deadheading and you will impede the plants second flush.
In the greenhouse
Tip: Train your tomatoes
Greenhouse tomatoes should be trained to be a single-stem. Pinch of side-shoots so energy isn’t wasted on unwanted growth and check frequently as second stems can form in no time. Tomato fruits are self-fertile but to ensure food pollination and the setting of fruit, gently tap the flower trusses, or brush them with a feather, as they form. We have great expectations of our tomato plants, so apply fertiliser on a weekly basis to help them along.
Fruit and vegetables
Tip: Sow salad!
Short on space – you could sow a pot of salad leaves. Simply fill a large flower pot with compost and sow a few lettuce leaves into it. Choose a cut-and-come-again loose leaf variety rather than varieties that form large heads. You can then pick the leaves every week and the plants will continue cropping for months.
Around the garden
Tip: Beware of brambles!
Brambles are amazing invaders. Wearing thick gloves follow the tendrils of brambles back to their point of origin. It is pointless just cutting the shoots as they will soon grow back stronger than ever. You really need to dig out the roots. Don’t ignore brambles, every time a new shoot touches the ground it will root and develop a new plant, making the problem worse.