Lavant Horticultural Society, Chichester

Lavant Horticultuiral Society
Pink-apricot bloom of climbing rose 'Compassion'

A short selection of things to do in the garden this month, with links to more comprehensive advice.

June (to return to July, click on the Echinacea to the right).

Many plants are now in full growth, so make sure thay get enough moisture, particularly those recently planted out and plants in containers (even in wet weather, the foliage can deflect rain away from the pot).

Plants with substantial flower spikes or heavy flower heads (e.g. delphiniums, sunflowers) will benefit from staking to prevent damage in heavy rain or strong winds.

Climbing rose 'Compassion'

Deadhead oriental poppies; when flowering is over, cut them down to the ground to stimulate new growth and perhaps some new blooms. Feeding and mulching will help this new growth.

Roses should be at their best this month. Frequent deadheading will keep the plants tidy and help to encourage more flowers. Tie in new stems of climbing and rambling roses as close to the horizontally as you can - this produces vertical shoots to bear more flowers

Tidy up euphorbias by cutting back spent flowering stems to their base - in some varieties they are susceptible to powedery mildew. Wear gloves, as the milky sap is a skin irritant.

If you want to grow your own spring bedding for next year, many, such as wallflowers and pansies, need to be sown between May and July in order to flower next spring.

Pinching out the tops of broad beans once the lowest flowers have set will help combat attak by blackfly (black bean aphid) - do this even if there are no signs of blackfly.

Protect carrots and parsnips with a barrier of extremely fine woven plastic mesh (e.g. Enviromesh) 2 ½ ft (75 cm) high - the carrot fly does not fly any higher, but it will find any gap, no matter how small.

Put netting over soft fruit to avoid losing the crop to the birds . Ensure it is fixed to the ground, otherwise birds will get underneath and risk getting trapped in loose netting. They are also very partial to cherries, but netting is impracticable for all but the smallest trees. Hanging CDs/DVDs in the braches may have some deterrent effect. Remember, birds will eat the fruit just before you consider it ripe enough to pick!

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Click below for

more comprehensive

advice for this month

from the RHS

Fruit trees and bushes

With the vast array of varieties, choosing the ones whose fruit you like that can also pollinate each other to set fruit, can be quite a puzzle.

Click the picture above for some useful guidance.

Keep an eye out for these menaces


Opens up bryony info sheet

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Oxalis corniculata

opens up Oxalis corniculata info sheet

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Click below for the RHS

webpage on plants for

bees & other pollinators.