Fiann’s tips for the weekend
■ All those salad crops, lettuce, spring onion, radish, summer cabbage for coleslaw and early carrots, are good to plate. Early potatoes, beetroot, turnips, peas, beans and spinach too.
■ June is ideal to start off squash, courgette and marrows or cucumber, celery, leeks, chicory, endive, maincrop peas, kohlrabi and even sweetcorn — or begin a second crop of French and Runner beans, beetroot, carrots, turnips, swedes, cauliflowers et al.
Successional sowing ensures you always have fresh crops at their peak for your table, so keep planting out the likes of broccoli and calabrese, Brussels sprouts and summer cabbage for later in the year.
This is the month that most butterflies are on the wing, they will flit in and sip nectar from flowering plants and you may smile at their beauty and elegance but some, especially the whites, like to lay eggs on veg, usually the undersides of the foliage. Net brassicas and be vigilant with other leafy greens, those eggs are soon caterpillars and the veg bed is soon a lace doily.
Now is the time to prevent the Cabbage White butterfly laying its eggs on your brassica. Netting prevents the insect from alighting on the plants while maintaining ecological diversity.