Water, water, water! That’s your main job over the summer as we, and the plants, hopefully sizzle in glorious sunshine and keep fruit bushes well-watered in dry spells as well giving the fruit a chance to swell.
Plums, pears and apples can be thinned out this month.
This happens naturally as well – it’s called June drop – but if you want bigger fruit, remove some of the smaller fruitlets.
Check brassicas (cabbages, broccoli, turnips, brussels sprouts) for butterflies laying their eggs – often you will find them on the underside of leaves.
Remove them, as when hatched caterpillars will feed voraciously and could completely exfoliate your plant.
Move citrus fruit outdoors for the summer. Continue successional sowing of salads and sow outdoors cucumber, sweetcorn, squash, French, runner and broad beans.
Prune springflowering deciduous shrubs, such as kerria, philadelphus, forsythia, ribes and weigela as soon as they are finished flowering.