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And so the warm and dry spell continues - but without the warmer nights to go with the warm days can we really call it flaming June?
In the vegetable garden all the hard efforts of earlier in the year should now be paying off as early crops start to mature and can be cropped. This year was a fantastic year for Asparagus and currently we are still cropping well here on our beds; we won't be too greedy though and will cease cropping soon - allowing the plants to recover and grow their fern which will help with a bumper crop for next year. In fact, for those that made the effort earlier, June is the first month you can start to slow down and relax a little - and reap the benefits; yes there's weeding and tending to do but its not all rush, rush, rush. For those who 'didn't make the effort' or ran out of time there is plenty that can be planted and sown now.
Now things are under control on the veg garden, perhaps time to think about some pretty things? The months of June, July and August are perfect for planting perennials and still see flower in the first year. Of course the beauty of perennials over the annuals so often used for bedding schemes is that come next year (and following years) they will be there to please - unlike annual bedding that has to be replaced each year costing both money and time!
June is also a fantastic time for establishing a wildflower meadow or sowing a patch of flowers to provide nectar and food for bees and a host of other beneficial insects; Milly and Granddad did this just a few weeks back here at the nursery in preparation for the arrival of our bees - to make sure they had plenty to forage on (as if there would be a problem!).
Here on the nursery its catch up time, as the Spring Season draws to a close and we have a few weeks to catch our breath and have a bit of a tidy up before the Summer Season. The vegetable garden is all sown and planted - as is our flower garden. Greenhouse trials of tomatoes, chillies, cucucumbers, melons and courgettes are all spaced and tied in. What we do need to do is some weeding! So that's a lot of work to get done in just a few weeks as then we will be busy with our potted fruit tree dispatches; who said June was a month where we could slow down and relax a little?