It is now June in the Organic Kitchen Garden and what a lovely start to June it has been. Beautiful sunny days and the heat is unprecedented. The main Garden jobs in June have been potting on seedlings and stopping plants from Bolting
In the greenhouse / indoors
- Re-pot cucumber and gherkin plants into pots
- Put Tomatoes into their final pots.
- Sow runner beans and french beans either under cover, sowing individually into module trays, or directly outside where they are to grow.
- Start off winter cabbage seeds now as they require a long growing season. Start them off in a greenhouse or cold frame.
What can start outside in the Organic Kitchen garden
- Sow beetroot thinly, directly into the ground
- Sow fast-growing herbs such as Coriander, dill, and parsley directly into the ground or in containers indoors.
- Try direct sowing Lamb’s Lettuce for summer and winter salads
- Sow courgette and squash seeds in pots or directly outside now.
- Think ahead to winter cropping and start kale seeds in pots
- Sow peas directly into the ground or start them off in modules if mice or birds are a problem.
- Sow radishes directly into the soil for quick and easy home-grown salads.
- Salad leaves are one of the fastest and most productive crops you can grow – sow seeds in under glass for transplanting in the garden later. Alternatively sow directly outside and thin out the seedlings. Sow every 3 or 4 weeks for continuous harvesting.
- Direct sow spinach seeds in soil enriched with plenty of organic matter. Try growing Spinach ‘Perpetual’ if you have very dry soil.
- Sow spring onion seeds in lines outdoors for a quick crop to add to salads and stir-fries.
- Sow swede seeds outdoors in a rich fertile soil for autumn and winter crops.
- Continue to earth up potato plants as they grow. If you’re growing potatoes in bags simply add more compost to halfway up the plants stem.
Fruit in the Organic Garden in June
Protect any developing fruits from birds and squirrels by placing netting around your plants.
If you have plants fruiting in containers, make sure you give them a feed of Organic fertiliser to keep plants healthy and productive.
Give your patio dwarf fruit trees some fresh compost and a slow-release fertiliser.
Peg down runners on your strawberry plants to create more plants for next year. If you don’t need more plants simply remove the strawberry runners completely.
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June in Our Garden
With the season in full swing, I needed some food for my hungry plants. What better way to feed them than with your own home-grown compost.
I also never knew there were so many Garden Suspicions either but I love learning about old wives tales and folklore. This year I might need to make some more bunting in June to brighten up my raised -beds we lots the last one in a bad storm.
We even learned in June that bunnies can be good for your garden and Bees need a hand occasionally especially as their numbers seem to be declining something we should all be worried about. So why not get a bee hotel?
And my favourite bit about June? Finally, crops could start to be picked there is nothing nicer than making up a plate of food that you grew yourself. The strawberries were nearly ready, we are picking Lettuce daily, Radishes are a great addition to a salad, and courgette flowers are gorgeous in tempura batter.
I hope you enjoyed this post and you have fun in the garden in June here are some more posts you might like
- Growing Courgettes- the How and the Why ?
- Chervil what is it and how to use it?
- 10 tips for the Garden in June
- 10 Tips to Grow Great Strawberries
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