Fiann’s tips for the week­end

Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - | In The Garden -

■ 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.

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