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What to do NOW: June 18 - June 24

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Trees, Shrubs and Roses

  • Check tree lupins, birch, Japanese maples and honeysuckle for aphids, which can cause severe die-back of these plants.
  • Roses are beginning to flower — all the early kinds of climbers and ramblers will be already in bloom and the bush roses in beds start a little later.
  • Continue to spray roses against blackspot disease if the foliage is wet for spells longer than 12 hours.
  • Continue to tie in the new shoots of climbing roses so that they will be in the correct position for training later.

More on Trees, Shrubs and Roses

Easy Care Trees | Shrubs | Hedges | Mixed borders



  • There is still plenty of time to plant up pots and containers and bedding in beds and borders.
  • Be sure to control weeds among bedding plants after rain ... weeds will take away from the planting if they are allowed to make growth.
  • Water regularly and feed container plants.
  • Stake perennial flowers that need it, if you have time.

More on Flowers

Easy Care Perennial flowers | Flower beds | Rockery | Containers



  • The weather can be changeable in early summer and from now, it will be easier to keep lawns mowed but regular mowing should be kept up.
  • The lawn will look neater and be easier to mow.
  • Apply some lawn fertilizer if the grass looks yellowish and pale.

More on Lawns

Easy Care Lawns

Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs


  • Water vegetable seedlings if they need it. 
  • Thin out and transplant vegetables that have reached suitable size, and control weeds early.
  • Plant out savoy cabbage and other winter varieties. 
  • If there is warm wet wether, it is potato blight weather and potatoes should be sprayed.

More on Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

Easy Care Fruit growing | Vegetables | Herbs

Greenhouse and House Plants

Greenhouse and House Plants

  • Make sure to water and feed all greenhouse plants well during the coming weeks to maintain vigorous growth during the longest days of the summer.
  •  Ventilate well during damp weather.
  • Watch for pest build-up. 
  • Continue training and taking side-shoots off tomato plants and twist tomato, melon and cucumber plants up strings.
  • Ease off watering tomato plants as they set their first truss of fruit.

More on Greenhouse and House Plants

Easy Care Greenhouse growing


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