Growing in the Garden – June Update

And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days. – James Russell Lowell

Summer is almost upon us, although with the look of the weather lately here on the East coast, you’d easily think we were still in winter.  In fact, some days lately have been colder than December!

Not be dissuaded I’ve tried to spend as much time as possible outside, cracking on with jobs in the garden.  There is nothing like being away for a few days to really focus the garden’s attentions.

Now the garden is boasting it’s full green attire.  The bare patches have been filled in with new growth, new flowers and new leaves making the garden feels much more natural and pleasant.

What am I growing in 2016?

Most of the 6 raised beds are split into two, three and even four crops areas.

Bed 1 (each bed is 1.5m x 1.5m)

  • Runner beans
  • Peas
  • Spinach

Bed 2

  • Beetroot
  • Carrots
  • Leeks
  • Kale

Bed 3

  • Potatoes (2 varieties, both mains)

Bed 4

  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes

Bed 5

  • Strawberries

Bed 6

  • Sweetcorn
  • Squash
  • Courgettes
  • Cucumbers

Other areas

  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Apples (espalier) (Egremont Russett)
  • Plum (espalier)
  • Cheery tree
  • Blueberries
  • Blackcurrants
  • Redcurrants
  • Nuts (Kentish cob)
  • Hops (Fuggle)
  • Chives
  • Dill
  • Thyme
  • Mint (spearmint)
  • Oregano *new for 2016*
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Basil
  • Chillies (Cayenne)
  • Lettuce
  • Spring onions
  • Radishes

June Update

Okay, I admit it.  I love June as much as May.  The more time I get to spend outdoors the better.  And I will.  The lawns need cutting once a week now.  Plants with tender new growth need careful inspection for pests and new seedlings of cucumbers and runner beans need slow and steady watering.  I’ll spend most mornings given the plants a quick check before work beckons and spend my evenings watering.

Other main jobs have included cleaning and updating the plants on the decking area.

Pests and disease

I noticed the perennial primroses ( Primula Vialii, Orchid Primrose), weren’t growing well this year in one of the pots.  As soon as I began emptying the pot, small white grubs began to appear – a lot of them.  I think the plant had been attacked by vine weevil.

Apparently this is quite common for pot based primroses.  The white grubs were actually vine weevils larva. They eat the roots before popping out of the soil as a new weevil.  I’m not impressed!  It means I’ve got an infestation somewhere and while I’ve just got rid of a generation of larva, it doesn’t stop the one before now laying new eggs!

Gardening jobs in June

  • Pest alert
  • Sow some more runner beans
  • Sow spinach
  • Keep check on various crop growth

What are you up to in the garden this month?  Share your comments and ideas below.  I look forward to seeing them.

Have a great green week and I’ll catch you next Monday.

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