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June Gardening Guide Posted On 02 June 2021

It’s officially Summer, which means our gardens are in full bloom, but there are still jobs to do…

 

Weeding

Weeds. The arch-nemesis of our beautiful gardens. However, with some hard work, these can be removed. All weeds can be controlled without weedkillers, and for our environment, it is best to get your hands dirty before resorting to chemicals.

One of the best manual ways to control weeds is by hoeing. Simply run a hoe over a bed or between rows to kill most weed seedlings. Ideally, choose a dry day with light wind so that the seedlings will dry out on the surface.

 

Hanging baskets

Hanging baskets provide valuable colour at eye level in your garden. Choose vibrant bedding plants for a short-term show, or herbs, shrubs and evergreens for a longer-lasting display.

The great thing about hanging baskets is that you can plant them in situ straight away. The basic principles for creating a hanging basket are very simple. First of all, if you are using a standard wire basket, it will need to be lined.

Then add a good quality, peat-free multipurpose compost and give it a good water before starting to add your bedding plants or herbs, shrubs and evergreens. Once the basket has been planted, check every day in summer, watering always unless the compost is wet.

 

Plant Summer beds

Bedding plants provide a temporary decorative seasonal display for planters, borders, containers and hanging baskets. And now is the perfect time to create them Bedding plants can be grown from seed, bought as plug plants (young seedlings) or purchased as pot-grown specimens.

Many public gardens change the bedding displays twice a year, replanting in late spring and early autumn. This is called successional planting. However, before you even think about planting summer beds, you will want to know what type of soil you have.

 

Watering

Watering is key to growing healthy, beautiful plants, however, water is a precious resource and supplies in the UK are under pressure, so you want to water-smart to help the environment and preserve water.

The best time to water plants is in the morning, as this is when the sun comes up and plants start to use the water. The foliage and soil surface is also likely to stay drier for longer than evening watering, discouraging slugs and snails from ruining your plants.

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