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What to do in the garden in June

5 June 2013
What to do in the garden in June

There's no better place to be in June than in your garden. The veg garden is packed to overflowing: your flowers are a riot of colour and perfume. Keep the show dazzling with this month's key jobs.

General tasks:

  • Top up mulches to keep weeds under control: a 5cm layer of well-rotted stable manure feeds your plants as it rots.
  • Remove spent bulb foliage as they've now had enough time to build reserves. Start mowing lawns where bulbs have naturalised.

Ornamental garden:

  • Fill hanging baskets with colourful geraniums, tuberous begonias or trailing petunias for a mass of colour all summer.
  • Dead-head roses to keep them flowering, removing the spent flower down to just above the next pair of leaves.
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs like deutzia and philadelphus, taking out about a third of the oldest branches.

Kitchen garden:

  • Look out for sawfly larvae on gooseberries and pick them off straight away as these little green caterpillars will strip every last leaf off your plants.
  • Feed asparagus to help it build up a good crop for next year. Use general-purpose slow-release fertiliser, available from your favourite garden centre.
  • Remove tomato sideshoots as they appear between leaf and stem, snapping them out with your fingers, so plants can concentrate on producing fruit.