Top Tips for June

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Top Tips for June 

Harvest:beetroot, broad beans, dwarf French beans, onions, peas, lettuces, cabbages, carrots and new potatoes. 

Plant:cabbages, cauliflowers and courgettes. 

Sow:beetroot, carrots, lettuces, turnips, spring onions, dwarf French beans, radishes, spinach and rocket. At a time when things really start moving it is important not to forget about planting ahead so that you don’t run out as summer progresses. 

In more detail 

Broad beans– start picking now while pods are still young (about finger thick). With beans generally it is best to pick early rather than let them get tough. In the case of dwarf French beans you can sow more now to keep up a supply. 

Peas– harvest regularly and try not to miss any pods as, if left, they will slow down production of new ones. 

Runner beans– you may not be able to pick until the end of the month. Again pick when they are still quite flat and before they thicken and become knobbly. Keep them well watered every few days. 

Spinach– pick as required and keep well watered to prevent bolting. You can sow more for further crops. 

Beetroot– harvest while still quite small for best taste. If you twist off leaves a little above the beet it prevents bleeding. You can also sow some more. 

Carrots– should be ready to harvest and, when your most recent sowing has foliage about one inch high, sow some more. 

Leeks– keep free of weeds but water sparingly and only in very dry weather. Otherwise leave alone. 

Onions– you should be able to harvest these, depending on the size you want. 

Parsnips– keep watered in dry weather and only feed if foliage looks a bit sad. 

Potatoes earliesshould be in flower. If they are water liberally every two weeks or so.As a general rule they should be ready about 14 to 15 weeks from planting. 

Radishes/spring onions/lettuces/rocket– harvest regularly and keep sowing. 

Turnips– early sowings should be ready now and are great eaten small. 

Courgettes– plant at the beginning of the monthwith a mix of well-rotted manure/compost. Be prepared for rapid and large growth so give plenty of room. Don’t let the soil dry out. 

Plant outlate autumn/winter cabbages and cauliflowers which you may have sown in May. Keep protected with netting and well watered until established then only if very dry. 

Soft fruit– keep well watered and free of weeds. Early variety strawberries should be ready to pick by the middle of the month. Water around plants rather than wetting the leaves to avoid fungal problems.In June you will need to clip off runners if you don’t want to increase your stock or, if you do, clip the runner into a small pot of compost until it puts down shoots then clip off from parent plant. 

In the greenhouse-Tie tomatoes to canes about 6 to 8 inches apart and take care to pick off any side shoots. When the first clusters of small green tomatoes appear feed with tomato feed once a week. Do not over water. As you get fewer insects in greenhouses it is helpful to tap each cane sharply to help pollinate the neighbouring flowers. 

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