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Thursday 2 June 2016

The Vegetable Plot - June

It’s all about the weather

Wet, dry, last frosts, your vegetable plot needs attention according to the weather conditions. If you’re as sure as you can be the last frosts have passed you can plant out tomatoes, peppers, runner and French beans, sweet corn and aubergine. If it has been on the wet side there may be weeding to be done, especially where leeks and onions are planted.

Hot and dry weather calls for plenty of water for thirsty crops such as lettuce, celery, tomatoes and radishes. Outdoor tomatoes should have the first flower truss showing before planting out.

It’s also feeding time for vegetables in full growth with a fertiliser or liquid manure. Salad crops you sowed early should be ready to lift, along with early potatoes and autumn-sown peas and if you didn’t sow your own leeks and brassicas you should still be able to buy young plants from the garden centre or nursery.

Continue succession sowing for a continuous supply of salad crops and root vegetables such as carrot, swede, turnip and beetroot. Towards the end of the month sow endive and chicory for winter salads and stop picking asparagus and rhubarb to give the plants time to develop ready for next year.

  • Pick main crop broad beans
  • Lift autumn sown onions as required
  • Pick peas when they produce mature pods.
  • Continue earthing up potatoes
  • Plant out winter greens, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, savoy cabbage
  • Stake Jerusalem artichokes
  • Continue pinching out growing tips of ridge cucumbers and trailing marrow
  • Stake peas grown last month
  • Thin apples and pears

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