June in the garden

cosmos

Posted on: 4th June, 2014

Category: Home, Garden & Environment

Contributor: West Cork People

John Hosford, The Week-End Garden Centre. 086-4426450

As June arrives, all half-hardy plants, both ornamental and edible, can be planted into their summer outdoor quarters. Check they have all been well hardened off and acclimatised prior to planting.

Bedding Plants 

Bedding plants provide invaluable colour all summer long until the first frosts. Add plenty of organic material such as well-composted compost, well rotten farmyard manure or stable manure. In the absence of these choose Gee-up. Bedding plants should be well watered after planting and protect against slugs especially if damp weather prevails. Choose Marigolds and Calendulas for sunny aspects. French Marigolds are planted at 15-20 cm apart with the larger African or hybrid varieties being planted at 25cm apart. Begonias are a good choice for shaded beds or borders.

 

Hanging Baskets and Window Boxes

There is still time to plant up hanging baskets, window boxes, patio containers and tubs. All old, spent compost should be removed prior to planting. Check the chains of used hanging baskets. Make sure they are intact and capable of supporting your new season display. Replace if not in a good and durable condition.

Choose the following for your containers: Bacopa — a free flowering plant in shades of white or lavender, this is a very reliable plant often flowering into late October or early November.

Begonias — come in different varieties — the semperflorens type flower all summer. They have glossy green or copper leaves. Flower colours come in shades of red, pink and white. They are very reliable, weather resistant and are often in flower well into November. Double Begonias such as the Non-Stop varieties are superb in tubs, beds or borders. There is a bright range of colours including white, pinks, reds, oranges, yellows and salmons. Trailing Begonias come in a similar bright range of colours. They are eye-catching and make dramatic, head turning displays that flower right through summer and well into late autumn. Begonias are an ideal choice for shaded aspects.

Cosmos —  ideal for large tubs. Colours include pure white, pink shades and red and gold. Provide some support with twiggy sticks such as beech twigs at planting time to provide support as the plants develop.

Dahlias —a good choice for large tubs and containers. They are long flowering and come in a bright range of vibrant colours.

Fuchsias — a great plant for all sorts of containers. The trailing varieties are a classic choice in hanging baskets and window boxes. Bush upright varieties are ideal as centerpieces in containers. Fuchsias need to be kept well watered throughout the growing season. Feed weekly with a liquid Tomato fertiliser. Fuchsias will often continue in flower until November and will tolerate shade.

Geraniums — an essential component and ingredient of summer. They come in a wide array of colours from pure whites, pinks, bicolours to the most vibrant reds and oranges. Geraniums or Pelargoniums are best in full sun. Keep deadheading frequently. Feed weekly with a liquid Tomato food.

Vegetable Garden 

It is now safe to plant tomatoes outdoors in a sunny, sheltered location. Stake and secure well with stout, robust stakes. Tie in as growth develops with green garden twine. Allow 45cm spacings between each plant. You can mulch with straw to suppress weed and help to produce nice, clean fruits.

Runner beans, French beans, Courgettes, Cucumbers, Sweet Corn and Pumpkins that have been started off under protection may now be planted in their final outdoor quarters. Remember to plant Sweet Corn in squares to facilitate pollination. Sweet Corn is wind pollinated and planting in squares assists the pollination process.

Plant out cabbage for late summer, autumn and winter maturity. Plant valuable winter maturing members of the cabbage family such as Savoy cabbage, Brocolli, Brussel Sprouts, Kale, Cauliflower.

Leeks are another valuable vegetable to plant for winter maturity.

 

 

Latest News Articles:

New tours give a taste of the Lee Valley
More than €30,000 raised for charity as crowds flock to Ford 100 Fest in Ballinascarthy
Opening of new all-inclusive pool places Dunmanway at centre of West Cork for sport and recreation
Bantry Harbour Marina officially opens
West Cork named top food destination
Tourist numbers up in Bantry and Beara this summer
Brookpark Community Enterprise Centre
Global Shares to create 80 new jobs
Ford 100 Fest on Ford family farm to mark 100 years of Ford in Ireland
A Taste of West Cork Food Festival launches delectable programme

Join us on Facebook

Dúchas Clonakilty's first lecture for the Autumn promises to be of huge interest to all: Emerging from the Shadow of Tom Crean – The Parish Centre, Clonakilty, Thursday September 28th 8.30pm.

Lecture by Aileen Crean O’Brien & Bill Sheppard

In May 2016, Kerry man Tom Crean, along with Ernest Shackleton and four other crew members, landed the James Caird lifeboat on the rocky isle of South Georgia. The navigation of that small boat, across 1500 km through icy winds and towering seas, is regarded as the greatest ever feat of navigation. They then trekked across the forbidding and inhospitable mountains and glaciers of South Georgia to seek help for the rest of their crew, who were left behind on Elephant Island after their ship, the Endurance, was crushed by the Antarctic ice.

One hundred years later, Crean’s grandaughter, Aileen Crean O’Brien, set off with her sons and partner to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps. Join Aileen and Bill to hear of their adventures (and misadventures) on the Southern Ocean and the island of South Georgia.
... See MoreSee Less

7th September, 2017  ·  

Caheragh are holding a Modern,Classic & Vintage Run next Sunday 10th September at the Travellers Rest in Aid of The Aisling Tanner Fund. Registration 11am. Run starting @ 12.45. ... See MoreSee Less

4th September, 2017  ·  

Dunmanway Historical Association regrets to announce that the talk on Sile na Gig which was to take place on Thursday, 24th August in Atkins hall @ 8:30pm has been cancelled. ... See MoreSee Less

18th August, 2017  ·  

Jump to:

Top