June in the garden with Twigland
The Edible Garden
- June is the month for planting garlic. Plant on the shortest day and harvest on the longest day of the year
- Cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts and other crops that are coming ready will benefit from an application of Thrive soluble plant food now to ensure strong healthy vegetables.
- Continue to sow Broad Bean seeds.
- Shallots can also be planted out this month.
- This is still a good time to plant out bare rooted strawberry plants of you haven't already done so.
- Continue successional plantings of cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, silverbeet for late winter / early spring cropping.
- In well drained soils Asparagus crowns can now be planted
- This is a good month to plant citrus trees in warmer more temperate areas. Also other deciduous trees can still be planted this month.
- Spray existing fruit trees with a copper spray and conqueror oil to clean up any overwintering bugs and diseases so that spring growth will come out clean and healthy.
- Watch out for slugs and snails and put Quash or Baysol slug pellets around as necessary.
The Flower Garden
- Lift and divide large clumps of summer flowering perennials such as cannas, asters, phlox. Plant smaller fresh new pieces - these will quickly grow into large plants in spring and summer.
- The first of the new season's roses will appear this month. Remember good soil preparation is the key to healthy roses. Dig in plenty of compost and a measure of slow release plant food around the roots of each plant.
- This is a good month to shift any shrubs or small trees which you think are growing in the wrong place. Prune back first to keep top growth in proportion to the root ball. Firm in well in the new position and stake as necessary.
- Roses and hydrangeas can be pruned now. There is still time to plant lily bulbs for summer flowers.
- Plant seedlings of alyssum, pansy, poppy, polyanthus, primula, mini cyclamen, and lobelia.