The Vegetable Patch in June

The Fruit Garden in June
Other Gardening Jobs in June

Start picking
Broad beans will be ready this month. Pick them while they are still small and tender. Crunchy young carrots can be pulled up, thinning your crop for larger carrots later in the year. Salad crops and peas will also be ready.

Sow brassicas for the winter
Sow kale, calabrese, purple sprouting broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower use over winter and early next year. They can either be sown under cover or in an outside seed bed, before being transplanted to their final position later in the year.

Weed regularly
Just like your vegetables, the weeds are in full growth now. Regular hoeing between rows will keep them down. Pick out weeds around your vegetable plants carefully so as not to disturb the roots of your veg. If your patch has been well dug then the weeds normally come up pretty easily.

Wage war on pests
This is a time when pests suddenly become more apparent. It is easy to spot blackfly on broad bean, french bean and runner bean plants. Squish them between your fingers or spray with horticultural soap. Ants running up and down your plants is a tell-tale sign that their are aphids about. Pests like weeds too, so make sure you weed regularly and thoroughly.

Provide support for beans and peas
Runner beans may need a bit of help to start climbing. Just twist them around the poles to get them started. Provide twigs and sticks for peas to hold onto. Tie in any other plants that need supporting, such as tomatoes.

Sow successional crops
Towards the end of the month, sow another batch of french beans, peas, runner beans and courgette to plant out later in the summer as space becomes available. This will maximise your growing season, and mean you will be harvesting into October!

Water regularly
Vegetables need plenty of water in order to grow. If the weather is dry, water frequently. The best time to do this is either early in the morning or later in the evening when there will be less evaporation. Keeping the soil moist for crops like courgette, cucumber, peas, and pumpkins can also limit the damage caused by powdery mildew.

Plant all greenhouse crops
All crops to be grown in the greenhouse should be in their final positions by now, either planted in the ground or in large pots. These include tomatoes, cucumber, sweet pepper (capsicum), chillies and aubergines.

Start feeding tomato plants and other container-grown vegetables
Once the first flowers have set on the tomatoes, start feeding once a week with a high potash liquid tomato feed (such as Tomatorite). Other plants that benefit from a regular feed are sweet peppers, chillies, cucumbers and all vegetables grown in containers or grow bags.

Plant out frost sensitive crops
All frosts should have passed by now, so plant out all tender crops that you have raised under cover, such as cucumbers, sweetcorn, french and runner beans.

Stop harvesting your asparagus by the longest day
Once we’ve reached the longest day, stop cutting your asparagus and leave the spears to develop into tall ferny growth. Fertilize once you have stopped harvesting.



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