Gardening jobs for June
Make good compost
Now the garden is full of growth and the lawn is being cut regularly, there will be plenty of material available for composting.
- Make sure that you fill your compost bin with an equal volume of nitrogen-rich material (grass clippings, manure, shrub prunings) and carbon-rich material (flower stalks, shredded paper, woody clippings).
- Keep your compost bin moist. The contents should hold together, but not drip water, when you squeeze a handful.
- If you want compost fast, the secret of success is to turn the contents of your bin once a week. When we trialled this, we made well-rotted compost in 10 weeks.
- When you add grass clippings to the heap, add a shovelful of soil, too. This sped up the composting process in our trial.
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The natural June drop will see many small fruitlets fall from your trees, but for the best-size fruits it's worth checking to see if you need to thin more of them (remove excess fruit).
- Thin apples to one fruit per cluster: for dessert apple varieties, thin to 10-15cm between clusters; and for cooking varieties, thin to 15-23cm between clusters.
- Pears should be reduced to two fruits per cluster, with clusters 10-15cm apart.
- Plums should be thinned to 5-8cm apart.
- Peaches should be thinned to 20-25cm apart
- Nectarines should be thinned to 15cm apart.
Lawn care in June
The warmer weather should see grass growing strongly.
- Cut the grass once a week as many mowers struggle with longer grass. Read our if you're thinking of replacing your mower.
- Apply a lawn feed at the frequency advised on the packaging.
- For a quick tidy up, just trim the lawn edges to get things looking crisp and neat.
June is traditionally the month when roses are at their peak.
Snap off just below the head - this is thought to make new blooms appear more quickly than the classic method of cutting just above a leaf.
Prune soft fruit
You need to prune several soft fruits now to ensure you get bumper crops.
- Gooseberries For plants grown as bushes, cut back the current season's growth to five leaves, except for branches needed to enlarge the plant. For plants grown as cordons, cut all side-shoots back to five leaves, and once your plant has reached the top of the support, cut back the tip to five leaves from last year's growth.
- Red and white currants Once cordon plants are at the desired height, cut the growing tip and the shoots from the main stem to one bud of new growth.
Veg jobs for June
From planting tomatoes and courgettes to sowing runner beans and carrots, June is a great month to get plenty of vegetables in the ground.