Friday, 17 June 2011

Peter's Gardening Notes

The vegetable plot in June
Hoe around onions to expose lower part of bulbs to assist ripening. protect strawberries. Summer prune gooseberries and redcurrants. Ensure beans and peas have sufficient water. Continue with rotation sowings to ensure continuity of supply. As potatoes are cleared, plant leeks.
The greenhouse in June
Use yellow sticky traps for whitefly, hang them at the top of plants and move up as plants grow, especially important with tomatoes which must be sideshooted, reduce leaves as required. Ventilate the greenhouse even at night if the weather is warm and keep humidity up. Summer bedding will be outside by now, time to use the space for some quick salads.
The flower garden in June
Plant out dahlias and other soft plants. Keep on top of pests. Dead head to keep plants flowering - save seeds where you can as they are getting expensive. primulas can be lifted and divided.