what to do in the garden in June

Your herbaceous borders should be about to peak this month so ensure you keep them well stakes and fill any gaps now so they are almost disguised by new lush growth as it pushes through.
Continue to deadhead in your borders to encourage repeat flowering
Remove old flower stems and leaves of hellebores

Remove too vigorous pond plants to keep an area of water clear

Vegetable gardens
Start to harvest garlic and shallots
Thin out direct sown seedlings including beetroot
Feed tomatoes weekly with a high potash feed and remove side shoots once trusses have set
Repeat sow lettuce, salads, French and runner beans, carrots and beetroot for crops later in the season.
If slugs are a problem, get a couple of chickens! Bantams do hardly any damage to your garden and provide you with fresh eggs. They won’t lay all year round like a more robust breed such a long island red might but they will keep pests at bay.
Make sure you have a couple of nice places to sit and enjoy the garden – perhaps one seat positioned for sun and one for shade. There’s nothing better than being able to enjoy all the work you’ve put in but if you don’t make it easy with a well positioned seat you may miss it and only ever go into the garden to toil.
If you have a garden, interior or landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973843020.
I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.