The Fruit Garden in June

The Vegetable Patch in June
Other Gardening Jobs in June

Protect strawberries from birds
Birds will eat your strawberries before they are fully ripe! Protect your strawberries using netting or horticultural fleece. Squirrels also like strawberries and will chew through netting, so use fleece which hides the ripening strawberries if they are frequent visitors to your garden.

Protect cherries from birds and rain
As your cherries start to ripen, protect them from rain and birds. Rain on the fruit can cause the skins to split, so protect using polythene covers suspended above the tree. To stop the birds eating your cherries, cover the branches with fleece “sleeves”.

Propagate your own strawberries
Strawberry plants will start throwing off runners. Peg down the small plants at the end of the runners into some potting compost, and leave until the roots are established before cutting from the main plant. Strawberries only last 3-4 years and this is a good cheap way of maintaining your supply of strawberry plants.

Support raspberry canes
As your raspberry canes grow, depending on the suppor system you are using, tie them to your wires, or ensure they are growing up through your wires. Pull up any suckers that appear between rows.

Water all soft fruit regularly, especially blueberries and cranberries
All soft fruit requires plenty of water to ensure good cropping, especially if they are grown in containers. Blueberries and cranberries, in particular, are very thirsty plants and should be watered regularly with rain water.

Move citrus trees outside, and thin the fruit
Citrus trees can be moved outside for the summer months. Choose a warm sheltered spot that receives plenty of sunshine. Thin out the fruits to leave a few of the strongest.

Thin the fruit on fruit trees
Thin the fruit on pear trees, plum trees, peach and nectarine trees, apricot trees. Thin apples towards the end of the month.



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