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What to do in the Garden this June with Limberlost

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The cool season of June brings shorter days and mild, clear days. The heat and humidity have passed, and this is a pleasant time to be outdoors and enjoying this season of planting and growth.

The Kitchen Garden

Sweet potatoes can be harvested and re-planted. Carefully lift tubers from the ground, avoiding damage from shovels or forks. Re-plant a tuber or a rooted cutting to start the next cycle of growth. If you’re short on space, try growing a sweet potato tower. Plant in pots and mound up potting mix as the stems grow to promote more fruits in a small space.

Sow curcurbit seeds such as pumpkin, zucchini and cucumber. These can be sown direct into the soil without the need to be transplanted. Cucumbers will need a trellis to climb, where zucchini and pumpkin prefer to ramble. Learn how to pollinate curcurbit flowers for better harvests, and keep a good layer of mulch to maintain moisture and protect fruit.

There are so many delicious herbs and vegetables to plant at this time of year.

Enjoy fresh and flavoursome herbs such as Dill, Basil, Coriander, Parsley, Oregano, and Thyme as you begin to harvest them from your own garden. Preserve large harvests by filling ice cube trays with your fresh chopped herbs and top with oil, or make a batch of fresh herb pesto and freeze.

Tomatoes are beginning to ripen and we can enjoy fresh juicy tomatoes. Keep your tomatoes fruiting by applying Triple Boost Fruit & Veg liquid fertiliser every fortnight.


The Colours of June
This time of year the garden can be filled with life and colour.

Flowering annuals such as alyssum, marigold, cosmos, violas, vinca, zinnia and dianthus all love the cooler weather. Plant up garden beds, hanging baskets and pots for great colour in your garden. Flowers will not only make a beautiful garden display, but will also have the benefit of attracting pollinators and beneficial insects to your garden and help keep pest populations from affecting your kitchen crops.



Pruning and maintenance

Avoid heavy pruning this month, as many plants such as Euphorbia Snowflake and Cassia biflora are putting on their cool season shows. Fertilise regularly with potassium to get the most out of your flower displays.

Prune back citrus trees after they have finished fruiting. Prune out any dead wood from spent branches, and remove any branches growing inwards that will reduce sun and airflow from reaching the centre of the tree. Remove any branches that are crossing over, as these can cause wounds on the branches and invite disease.

The next fruit crop will form on the new growth, so avoid cutting back more than 20% of newer foliage. For older trees that are congested and not producing well, a heavy skeleton prune may be required. Bring in some photos and our staff can guide you through a pruning plan.

Take advantage of the cooler season to keep on top of weeds. Cooler weather means slower plant growth, giving you a little more time to treat weeds before they go to seed. By eliminating weeds before they produce seed, we can reduce the seed bank in our soil that lies waiting for the right conditions to germinate.

Fruit trees
There are loads of fantastic fruiting plants to be planted now. Avocadoes, Lemons, Oranges, Mandarins, Limes, Mangos, Bananas, Finger Limes, Lychee and Blueberries are just some of the vast selection for this time of the year.

June Gardening Jobs

Indoor Plants
Check indoor plants regularly and be ready to change your watering patterns. Reduced use of air-conditioners, more fresh air and cooler weather means plants will change the way they use water. Less frequent but thorough watering may be needed. Check your light levels and move plants according to their needs.

It’s also a great time to repot or refresh indoor plants. Always use a premium quality potting mix for the best results.

Fixup Time.
We all make mistakes in the garden and now is the time to move those plants that are in the wrong position. Without the summer heat and the risk of drying out, you will have better success with transplanting.

Some important points to remember when transplanting:

  • Water plants well at least a day before you plan to transplant, and prepare the new hole for planting;
  • Dig out as much of the rootball as possible;
  • Plant your plant in its new location, ensure the plant is planted at the same level and orientated the same direction;
  • Water in well to ensure that the soil has settled around the roots. Using a seaweed solution can help with transplant shock;
  • If you have removed some of the root ball, trim back the foliage so the plant has less to support while regenerating new roots.

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