Gardening expert Dale Vine shares his must-do list for June.
What to do this month.
Roses, deciduous fruit trees and ornamental trees or shrubs As shown by their bare branches, these are now dormant so can be lifted, trimmed and replanted without causing stress. Choose a sunny spot with good drainage, as saturated soils can lead to root rot when dormant. When planting, backfill well and soak the soil to remove air bubbles, as they need to establish strong root systems to hold the weight of future fruit and blooms. In spring, these deciduous plants will be ready to shoot vibrant new foliage and root growth.
Asparagus crowns, broad beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, lettuce, mustard greens, peas, red onions, rhubarb crowns and spinach can all be planted now. Brussels sprouts become top-heavy and can blow over in windy weather, so they’ll need to be tied to canes for support while growing.
Artichokes, broad beans, celery, leeks, parsnips, radishes, rocket, swedes and turnips can all be picked now. Leeks are a great substitute for onions in any recipe – they have a more delicate flavour and they are also sweeter. So give them a go!