Gar­den­ing ex­pert Dale Vine shares his must-do list for June.

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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!

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