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What Allotment and Vegetable Garden Jobs Should You do in June?

Refresh your memory with this list of June allotment jobs

If you’re looking for what to do in your allotment or garden, then by now, your hard work for Spring should be coming to fruition. Early summer brings plenty of fine and settles weather with temperatures around 20°C and around 16 hours of daylight, ideal for being in your allotment or garden

What to do in your garden or allotment - plant beds

The growing season is in full swing, and you’ll have plenty to do without interference from weather and frost.

Here’s The Shortlist of Jobs You’ll Want to do This Month:

  • Water – how and when?
  • Sow and plant
  • Harvest
  • Protect your plants
  • Feeding

How and When Should You Water Your Vegetables?

Watering crops

It goes without saying that plants need water.

We’ll still have around 8 days of rain this month, but you’ll still want to top them up – especially if the weather is dry. Established plants will benefit from watering once a week rather than light watering daily. But why?

Watering your plants well weekly will encourage their roots to grow down rather than staying close to the surface, dependent on light watering.

How Should You Water?

If you’re unsure if you need to water, dig to a spade’s depth to check the soil. Water your plants thoroughly at the base to a depth of 30cm; your vegetable will want 1-2” a week. The best time to do this is in the morning so that any excess water on the foliage can dry out over the day.

If you water in the evening, don’t water the foliage – as damp leaves means your plants are more susceptible to fungus and disease. Don’t fret about excess water; it may increase the size of your plant but not necessarily the fruit.

Sow and Plant Succession Seeds and Plants in June

What to do in your garden or allotment - planting seeds

You’ll want to sow succession seeds to produce fresh veg through to autumn.

For Autumn – There are plenty of crops to choose from for June that will bear crop in a few months, consider runner beans, sprouts and pumpkins.

For Summer – For veg you can harvest all summer you can continue to sow beetroot, radishes, and lettuce every week – and harvest them again in a few weeks’ time.

Its also now safe to plant outdoor tomatoes and cucumbers.

Vegetables to Harvest in Your Allotment or Garden

What to do in your garden or allotment - harvesting veg

Harvesting in June is essential; there’s no need to wait. The more you take from the plant, the more it will produce! Pick peas, salad leaves, beetroot, radishes and strawberries regularly.

Protect Your Plants From Pests

Fresh growing veg

At this point, you’ll probably have some greedy visitors helping themselves to your crop. Determine who’s invited and who the lousy dinner guests are and take preventative measures to stop pests.

Use insect mesh over bamboo hoops to protect plants such as carrots from unwanted visitors – and add netting over your strawberries, so you’re not sharing them with the birds.

Feeding Your Plants in June

Using fertiliser

It’s time to start thinking about feeding your plants.

Consider your plants and pick the type of fertiliser you want to use. Ideally, you will have added organic matter like compost and manure or fish, blood and bone to the soil earlier in Spring

Fertilising your plants won’t improve the quality of the soil, but it will nourish the plants directly.

Adding fertiliser to beds every 3 weeks as plants to begin to flower and bear fruit will boost production. Feed plants in containers weekly, as they rely only on what you provide. If you need some hardware help, find how to Get the Right Gardening Tools on a Budget.

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