Gar­den di­ary

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What to do in the gar­den in June

• Lime ap­plied now will soon be in­cor­po­rated into the soil. Add com­post and/or ma­nure once it’s ab­sorbed.

•Weed out any per­sis­tent peren­nial weeds. Do you have docks where the fo­liage snaps off? Do your­self a favour and dig them out. I must take no­tice of this, it’s bad when you recog­nise the in­di­vid­ual weeds.

• Head for the shed and put some rainy day time into tool main­te­nance. Clean, oil, sharpen, mend. Gar­den­ing is hard work and blunt tools do you no favours.

• While in the shed, check over sum­mer stakes, stores of string, seed packets, etc so when spring does ar­rive you’re ready to swing into ac­tion.

• Take time to read those gor­geous gar­den­ing books from the li­brary and friends that may just spark some lovely plans and projects for your patch.

• It’s win­ter: en­joy the wood fire and the ‘fi­nal warm’ you may be get­ting from your own fire­wood. The first ‘warms’ were cut­ting down the trees, load­ing the trailer, un­load­ing the trailer, stack­ing the wood, and fill­ing the wood box.

• Plant gar­lic and shal­lots any time over the next six or so weeks and mulch im­me­di­ately to save hours of fid­dly weed­ing be­tween plants. Sea­grass and straw are ex­cel­lent.

• Re­mem­ber the gar­den wan­ders with friends last sum­mer, when plants were of­fered but it wasn’t a good time to move them? Well now it is, so go for it.

• Watch for bulb spears when weed­ing, which will poke through from now on­wards. Mark them with a stick, rock, la­bel or what­ever takes your fancy.

• Win­ter walks on stormy beaches can be a chance to col­lect seaweed washed up on the beach.

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