Let's Garden, gardening tips
The longest days of the year are in June. The abundance of sun helps the vegetables to prosper, but it also encourages the weeds. To guarantee a good harvest the gardener must keep a sharp eye on these unwelcome visitors by constantly weeding and hoeing. The hot weather requires a minimum of watering. Put your grass clippings at the foot of plants to keep them cool and humid. The work in the vegetable builds up : the peas, beans and potatoes have to be earthed up, the tomatoes, gherkins, melons, and cucumbers must be pruned, the leeks have to be transplanted, and the Brussels' sprouts, the celery, the marrows and the chicory planted. The gardener should also prepare for the following season by sowing the Autumn vegetables like dried beans, beetroot and broccoli.
In the orchard small fruit like the blackberry, the raspberry and other currants should be protected from greedy birds. Cherries and strawberries are ripe for picking and will make lovely tarts and jams !
In the ornamental garden this is is the time to unearth the Spring bulbs, and the stems of rose trees and glycines which have lost their flowers should be cut to half their length. It is also the time to plant cyclamen, Autumn crocus, yellow wallflowers and sweet william. Annuals should be planted on the balcony, as well as geraniums and miniature roses, not forgetting to water them heavily !
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