June gardening Tips

There are jobs that must be done in hope of kind weather continuing… Here are some suggestions: Ornamental garden

  • Gently remove spent flowers from Camellia and rhododendrons to make room for the leaf buds emerging behind. You can also trim back overgrown shoots to make the shrubs more compact, next year’s flower buds will form on the new growth of side shoots that this stimulates.
  • Divide bearded irises after flowering; plant with the rhizomes facing south.
  • Sow biennials like sweet William, viola and wallflowers
  • Divide spring-flowering bulbs.
  • Remove spent flower heads of Euphorbia by cutting flowered stems to ground level. Wear gloves for this, the sap causes skin irritation.

Lawns

  • Mow regularly but, if it is hot and dry, raise the cutting height.
  • Apply a high-nitrogen lawn feed (again, not when dry)
  • Add clippings to the compost heap in small amounts; mix them with dry material to stop it all going slimy.

Kitchen garden

  • Pinch out side-shoots of cordon tomatoes
  • Plant out pumpkins, squashes, courgettes and beans. You could direct sow both these and sweetcorn.
  • Because sweetcorn is wind pollinated, do not plant them in a row but in a block, so the pollen gets to the stigmas of neighbouring plants.
  • Harvest early potatoes when they begin flowering
  • Sow autumn carrots.
  • Net strawberries and brassicas against birds.
  • Sorry! But stop cutting asparagus and feed it, so the crowns are ready for next year



THE CRONDAL FLOWER, PRODUCE and CRAFT SHOW
The Show will be held in the Village Hall and Old Gym, on Saturday 30th July 2022, from 14:00 (2pm) to 16:45 (4.45pm) (prize giving at 16:30).
Teas will be provided throughout the afternoon by the Croft Café from the Church Rooms.
Admission £1 per adult, children FOC.
CrondallShow@gmail.com


Greenhouse

  • Damp down the greenhouse floor to increase humidity and discourage red spider mite
  • Feed tomatoes with a high-potassium fertiliser

Open Gardens 11th & 12th June 2022 : Froyle gardens 1st & 8th June: Beechenwood Farm, Hillside, Odiham, RG29 1JA 19thTylney Hall Hotel, Rotherwick RG27 9AZ 24th, 25th 26th Searles Lane Gardens, Hook RG27 9EQ Refer to www.ngs.org.uk for details of other gardens open. 18th June:  75 Kenilworth Road, Fleet. GU51 3AY 10.30am – 3pm.  £5 entry, in aid of Phyllis Tuckwell For your diary July 30th The Crondall Produce and Craft show