June in the garden

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.



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Mary is the only woman to have completed every single Dublin Marathon (all 38 of them). She’s also completed the grueling Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, known as the ‘toughest foot race on earth’.

To mark her 50th year involved in Athletics Mary is taking on her biggest challenge yet (even though she thought she’d already done that when completing the Dublin Marathon when she was over six months pregnant!) She wants to raise as much money as possible for the RNLI.

Mary started her epic journey in Arklow, Co. Wicklow, on New Year’s Day. She aims to cover up to 5000 kilometers, using coastal routes, over the next five months. She hopes to get back in time to get her first pension payment in June when she turns 66.

Mary will stop off at as many RNLI stations as possible, on her once in a lifetime adventure. As far as she knows no other woman has ever taken on this challenge.

Speaking about her journey Mary said:

“I wanted to prove that age not a barrier. Coming from a coastal town I have a deep affinity with our local RNLI station & volunteers and have huge admiration for the brave men and women who risk their lives to save lives at sea”.

Mary, who’s depending on the goodwill of communities along her route for accommodation, has been astounded by the response so far. “The support has been overwhelming,” she said. “I have met the most amazing and encouraging people along the way”.

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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