June in the Kitchen Garden
You can now sow the seeds of more tender plants such as courgettes,
marrows, runner, dwarf and green beans and outdoor cucumbers
in their permanent positions.
Continue to make small sowings of carrots, lettuce, radish,
spinach and spring onions to ensure a continuous harvest..
Continue gradually thinning out seedlings to their final
Keep the young plants well
watered but do not over-water.
Keep on top of weeds,
removing them as and when you find them.
Continue potting up plants
which are getting to large for seed trays or small pots.
Hardening off indoor sown
plants should be completed by the middle of June. This should
be done gradually putting them outside during the warmest
part of the day and increasing the time the plants are
Once acclimatised, plant out
in their permanent positions in mid/late June.
Early staking of taller
plants such as beans, peas and tomatoes will keep wind
damage to a minimum.
For detailed growing
growing herbs and vegetables section
year I'm going to try growing summer pumpkins. I've
chosen the variety "Summer Ball (Sahara)" because
not only will the plants produce 1kg/2lb pumpkins,
but the fruit can also be cut when they are small
and used like courgettes (Zucchini). They are
suitable for containers as well as open ground.
far so good. Having germinated successfully, I had two
pumpkin seedlings ready to plant out as per my last
newsletter - one in a pot and one in the open ground.
There was a slight blip in that the
weather at the beginning of May was dire - really
chilly with threats of frost - so I couldn't even start
hardening them off (gradually acclimatising them to outdoor
conditions) which under normal circumstances should take a
couple of weeks.
the weather perked up so well, I just took the chance and
after a couple of days just leaving them out for 2 hours
protected by some panes of glass, I took the plunge and left
them out all day and night - still protected by the glass.
I have now put them out in their final
positions (although the one in the pot will need to be
transferred to a larger container at some point).
I just hope the weather, which has
returned to more normal May temperatures, doesn't do