1 June 2023
June Gardening Jobs
June signals the start of summer and a season of plenty when it comes to colour and crops! Generally offering pleasant weather, this month is usually the first time we experience the earth really drying out in the garden. Our June Gardening Jobs include some on-trend garden projects, best practices for the month and what fruit, veg and flowers to sow & grow. Check out our May Tips for any last-minute maintenance!
- Give containers and hanging baskets a liquid feed once a week to encourage healthy and long-lasting colours.
- Pinch tips of bedding plants to encourage bushier growth.
- Cut back spring-flowering perennials to encourage new growth.
- Keep planting out summer flowers into pots and bedding, keeping them well watered.
Fruit & Vegetables
- Plant out tender vegetables from the greenhouse such as beans, courgettes, sweetcorn and tomatoes.
- Once a week feed fruiting and flowering plants with tomato feed.
- Sow herbs in a pot on the windowsill.
- Seek out snails, especially in wet weather to keep down on pests.
- Plant out sweetcorn
- Cover soft fruits to protect berries from birds.
Top 3 June Gardening Jobs
Embrace the season and watch as your garden thrives with these simple but effective gardening tasks:
1. Hoe Hoe Hoe
Tis the season to grab the hoe regularly, as the increased warmth and light gives everything in the garden a much-needed boost, but don’t forget this includes the weeds!
2. Careful Watering
Look out for the scorching hot days scattered throughout June and make sure you’re keeping everything well-watered. Use a water butt to conserve rainwater where possible.
3. Pest Control
Keep an eye on fruit and veg for signs of pests and deal with them quickly. Again, with the warmth and extra light bringing the whole garden to life, it inevitably brings some unwanted beasts such as the carrot fly into the proceedings.
Garden projects to try
June is the perfect time to engage in a fulfilling gardening project that not only enhances the beauty of your garden but also attracts vibrant butterflies and brings living spaces outside!
1. Create a Butterfly Garden
Creating a butterfly garden is an enjoyable and rewarding endeavour for DIY gardeners. Not only does it provide a habitat for these enchanting creatures, but it also adds a touch of colour and magic to your outdoor space.
- Selecting the Right Location: Choosing the ideal spot for your butterfly garden is crucial. Find an area in your garden that receives ample sunlight, ideally for at least six hours a day. Butterflies love warmth, so a sunny location will attract them.
- Planning the Garden Layout: Sketch out a rough design for your butterfly garden. Consider incorporating various flowering plants that attract butterflies and provide them with food and shelter. Opt for a mix of nectar-rich flowers and host plants that caterpillars feed on.
- Choosing Butterfly-Friendly Plants: Research native flowering plants that thrive in your region and are known to attract butterflies. Some popular choices include lavender, coneflower, milkweed, butterfly bush, and salvia. Plant a variety of species to ensure a continuous bloom throughout the summer.
- Providing Water Sources: Butterflies require water for drinking and puddling (collecting minerals). Create a small shallow water source, such as a birdbath or saucer filled with pebbles and water. This will entice butterflies to stop by and take a refreshing sip.
- Creating Sheltered Areas: Butterflies seek shelter from strong winds and predators. Introduce some low-growing shrubs, tall grasses, or small trees in your butterfly garden to provide protective cover for these delicate creatures.
- Avoiding Pesticides: To maintain a healthy butterfly garden, it's important to avoid using chemical pesticides. These can be harmful to butterflies and other beneficial insects. Embrace natural pest control methods or opt for organic alternatives when needed.
- Maintenance and Enjoyment: Regularly monitor your butterfly garden for watering needs, weed management, and plant health. Remove spent flowers and provide support if necessary. Sit back and enjoy the captivating sight of butterflies fluttering around your garden throughout June and beyond.
2. Update your garden furniture
Give old furniture a good hose down and scrub ready for use this summer. Leave them to dry naturally on the patio while deciding how to breathe new life into them. For tired-looking wooden furniture, try sanding it down and then applying weatherproof exterior paint to them. Metal furniture and pots can also be repainted in this way to give a fresh and clean look. Add new colourful cushions to seats and benches for an inviting and comfy seating area.
3. Create a garden cinema room
One of the hottest garden trends right now is back garden cinema! Find an area of the garden where you can hang a projector screen, this will determine your seating area. Adorn the flooring with scatter cushions and cosy throws and a coffee table for the all-important snacks and drinks. Decorate further with twinkly lights and up-lights nestled in the plants. Keep warm by adding a fire pit or patio heater, creating a sociable and versatile living space throughout the dry months.
Gardening in June Videos
We’ve collated a number of YouTube videos from reputable sources that all contain great June Gardening Tips.
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