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Friday 2 June 2023

This Month in Your Garden – June

What is one to say about June - the time of perfect young summer?” Gertrude Jekyll

Gertrude Jeckyll’s quote goes on to talk about June as ‘the fulfillment of the promise of earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.” This year it seemed spring would never come, but June is showing us how quickly the garden catches up with a little sun and green fingers.

The Lawn Care Guide – June

A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except learning how to grow in rows.” Doug Larsen

Back in April and into May it seemed as if the grass would never grow and in patches left after scarification newly sown seed lay dormant. Then the rains came and the ground warmed up, to be followed by the late May sunshine and hey, away we go with the mowing.

Lawn Care: Questions & Answers

Q. We have small mounds of earth on the lawn and bees appear to be coming out of them. Are they dangerous if a child were to step on them in bare feet?

The Vegetable Plot – June

Once upon a thyme

There is a certain satisfaction growing your own herbs. Be they sown from seed or little pot plants from the garden centre that you grow on in containers outside the back door. Once you have an herb garden, no matter how large or small, you have ahead of you a feast of culinary delights.

The Big Glut – June

No-stir risotto with radishes, asparagus and artichokes

From Delicious Magazine. Serves 4


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 25g butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stick, chopped
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • 150g mixed radishes, chopped
  • 125g fine asparagus, stems finely chopped, tips left whole