Hero plant this month: Bagged roses
This month, it’s all about bare rooted roses, which come bagged and ready to plant. Select a sunny spot, dig a hole large enough to accommodate the roots and plant your rose. Keep moist until established. Fertilise when it starts to grow and shoot and in a few months you’ll be rewarded with showy blooms.
What else to plant
Add some colour by popping in some flowering annuals. Good choices include polyanthus, which have cheery colourful flowers, and grow well in a pot. Keep them well watered. Calendulas are another good option. Mass plant for their apricot, yellow and orange blooms. Cornflower, pansies, viola and snapdragon can also be planted in June too. To prolong flowering remove spent blooms.
Don’t neglect the vegie patch either. If you sowed vegie seeds last month, they should be ready to plant out into the garden.
Think about putting in strawberries. If space is at a premium, grow them in pots or hanging baskets. Select a sunny spot and plant in well-drained soil. Mulch with lucerne, pea or sugar cane straw to protect the plants as they grow and also ensure the fruit is kept clean.
It’s a good time to plant rhubarb, which is hardy, productive and easy to grow. Before planting, prepare the soil with well-rotted manure and compost. Globe artichokes, with their striking architectural foliage are also good to get in now too. They prefer a sunny position, well-drained soil and need a little room.
This month keep the garden nourished and water on a seaweed solution. This will help boost plant resilience and also encourage root growth.
While weed growth slows down during winter, it’s important to stay vigilant and pull young weeds, which are easier to whip out.
Add a layer of mulch to garden beds too. It will help protect the soil, plant roots and suppress weeds. If you’re using pea straw, it will also add nutrients to the soil as it breaks down.
June is a good month to harvest ripe citrus. Pick lemons and limes, which are always handy in cooking. Harvest celery, broccoli and cabbages as they are ready.
So, don’t neglect your garden this weekend. Get outside in the fresh, cool winter air…enjoy it and get those jobs done.
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