Categories: June Date: Jun 1, 2011 Title: JuneJune is a good time to...
Prune and tidy up your roses. Before you prune, spray them with lime sulphur – this knocks off all the leaves and sends them into a dormant state. It also gets rid of diseases like rust and black spot.
Once you’ve given your roses a light prune with hedge clippers – give your trees, including fruit varieties, a prune as well.
Now’s also a good time to cut all the leaves off your heleborus, otherwise known as winter roses – this will help produce taller flower stems.
The weather is getting cooler now – so remember to check your cauliflowers aren’t getting hit by the frost, and fold over their leaves to protect them.
If you've already planted your broad beans, check they aren’t falling over. If they are, stake them by putting a stake at each end of your crop and wrapping string around them all.
Now’s also the time your crops can look pretty tasty to snails. If you’re having problems with these slimy pests, try using beer bait.
June can be a wet month, so it's the perfect time to fertilise your soil. A good fertiliser for this is nitrophoska blue - available at your local garden store. If your soil is wet and hard, or your lawn isn't drying out, try using gypsum. Gypsum breaks down soil and encourages drainage. If you spend time fertilising and caring for your soil now, you'll reap the benefits come spring.
And remember to plant your garlic and shallots on the shortest day of the year (June 21) so it's ready on the longest - 21 December.