JUNE OVERVIEW

Usually the risk of frost has passed by now, and with longer days there comes more sunshine and time to be in your allotment. If the weather is dry, then water your seed drills well before sowing any seeds – this way the young plants will develop a good root system

SOWING & PLANTING

  • Successional sowings of beetroot, kohl rabi, lettuce and winter cabbage seeds can all be done now – follow the instructions on the back of your seed packets, but it is worth starting them off in trays indoors and then transferring them outside after a couple of weeks. Sow every 2 - 4 weeks for a continual supply of produce.

  • Brussels sprouts, cabbages, cauliflowers, celeriac, courgettes, outdoor cucumbers, French and runner beans, leeks, pumpkins, squashes, sweet corn, outdoor tomatoes can all be planted out into their final position now. As with all young plants water in carefully and protect from birds with netting.

HARVEST

Beetroot, broad beans, cabbage, cauliflower, early peas, lettuce, rhubarb, spring onions, radish, spinach can all start to be harvested now.

Lift the earliest potatoes towards the end of the month and continue earthing up the rows of your other varieties.

June is the end of the asparagus season, so stop cutting and give the plants a top dressing of general fertiliser to help build up the crowns for next year.

Start to harvest the first of your soft fruits.

GENERAL

  • Hoe at every opportunity to remove weeds and break-up the soil. This allows water to soak down into the earth.

  • Train in climbing beans and continue to put in supports for your peas. Water along the rows of peas to swell the developing pods.

  • Carry on with the thinning out of seedlings of earlier sown crops.

  • Don’t allow plants growing under glass to dry out or overheat.