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Monday 3 June 2013

The Vegetable Plot – June

You should continue to feed plants in full growth as vegetables will benefit from one or two applications of fertiliser or weak liquid manure. Broad beans will produce their main crop and asparagus should be ready for harvesting. Make more successional sowings of lettuce, endive, radishes, mustard and cress, and turnips. You can sow chicory for forcing but check you have the one you want as there are two types. Pick peas when they produce mature pods. If you planted leeks in trenches in April start blanching them once they are established.
Lift autumn sown onions as required but not the whole crop, bulbs will still be ripening. Start gathering potatoes.

  • Continue earthing up potatoes
  • Plant out winter greens, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, savoy cabbage
  • Stake peas grown last month
  • Grow fruit bushes as standards if your garden is small
  • Thin out vegetable seedlings from April and May sowings, carrot,
  • Pinch out broad bean tips
  • Plant celery, runner beans raised under glass, tomatoes hardened off
  • Feed and ventilate tomatoes grown under glass
  • Sow French beans for September crop
  • Sow Chinese cabbage
  • Expose shallot bulbs by drawing soil away a little to let them swell
  • Thin apples and pears

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