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In the Garden with Bob Davison
June Gardening with Head Gardener Bob Davison

It’s hard for a gardener to completely relax until the late frosts of May have passed. At the time, when burnt leaves of the ash, the walnut and the fronds of newly emerged ferns were a sorry sight, we wondered how they would all recover. Well, Mother Nature had it in hand and new leaves further down the stems are now emerging to take their place. Even the large wisteria, which had almost all of its young flowers killed off, has developed new ones in their place, many weeks later. It’s as if the plants knew they had unfinished business.

The Vegetable Garden

Hoeing between the onions

New potatoes will be ready just as the flowers begin to emerge. Earth up main crop potatoes as the stems become taller and water in dry weather.

We have just put in a second sowing of Beetroot, lettuce and carrots. Florence fennel seeds have gone in this week. We haven’t had much luck with these the past two years, the plants bolting ( going into flowering mode) and not swelling at the base. The advice is to sow early summer to help avoid this. The other thing we will do is keep them watered in dry weather as they tend to bolt when the soil fluctuates from dry to suddenly very wet, like after a lot of rain.

We will give French beans, courgettes and celeriac a liquid feed every couple of weeks. Broad beans have supporting string around them to stop them flopping over.

 

Making supports for flowers, here Ammi Majus

Herbaceous borders

Supports are in place for plants that are susceptible to falling over.

I’ve chopped back half of the groups of Campanulas and phlox to stagger their flowering times.

 

Hedges

Towards the middle to the end of June we will start pruning hedges and topiary. The shaggy new growth of Beech and Hornbeam will need a tidy up, the final cut being in September. I’ll leave our Yew hedges till July as they are less rampant.

Watering

Newly planted trees will need help in the summer. I tend to leave a hosepipe at the base of each tree on a slow trickle for about half an hour.

Pelargoniums and other container plants will benefit from a liquid feed with the watering every couple of weeks. Tomato feed is particularly welcomed by these hungry plants.

 

Head Gardener Bob Davison will be judging the produce show at East Garston Village Fete on Saturday 15 July.

 

 

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