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Things to do in June

Top tasks for June - June signals the mid point of the year, the end of Spring and the beginning of Summer. This month offers the last opportunity to sow many seeds however it does offer the first opportunity to harvest some crops. You would be very unlucky to experience any frosts now but unfortunately attacks from insects, birds, slugs and snails is more likely.

Harvest new season early potatoes, peas and broad beans, onions, beetropot, summer salad crops and fruit such as strawberries, gooseberries and cherries

Sow seeds for vegetables, salads and herbs for picking in late summer and sutumn

Weed ruthlessly and water crops regularly

Net peas, cabbages and fruit bushes and build supports for climbing plants

Feed tomatoes as soon as the first tiny fruits appear on the plants

Keep a careful watch for pests and act accordingly to protect your crop

Sow or plant in June

Aubergines - plant out by the end of this month to give them as much time as possible to grow and ripen into good sized fruit.

Brussel Sprouts & cabbages - plant out sprouts and the last of your summer, autumn and red cabbages and the first of your winter cabbages

Cauliflowers - any seedlings sown in spring for harvesting in the summer and autumn shouldb e planted out now

Celeriac - late June is probably your last chance to plant it out

Chillies and sweet peppers - harden off young plants and if the danger of frost has passed then plant them out.

Courgettes, marrows, pumpkins and squashes - these can all be planted out in June, allow plenty of space and keep them well watered and mulched.