Irish Garden Truths: June.
Or; What really happens in a garden that is not in the UK South East in June.
Or; Five things you should do and five you should not, in June.
June has arrived, after our long wait for May and the Irish spring and all of a sudden we are nearly at mid summer.
As a working gardener I feel a bit shell shocked at the overwhelming list of “jobs to be done.”
Twenty odd years of experience have taught me, in theory that is, to prioritise, (it’s still very easy to get distracted by a patch of Hairy Bittercress, Cardamine hirsuta.
So, priorities for June, in the Irish Garden, or five things you should do:
- Cut the grass as often as you can. O.K. no need to go too mad, but it is worth trying to do it once a week. That lovely mix of warm and damp weather we are having means that if you leave your lawn unattended for more than seven days it is likely to run amuck. None of that South East of England parched landscape for us.
- Do go on bindweed, Calystegia sepium, patrol. Bindweed, Convulvulus arvensis, being the weaker field version of the well known garden smutherer. It is well worth patrolling the garden for this most thwarting of weeds. Try to trace it to its base and pull. If you don’t have the time, or patience, to unravel the the top then don’t worry, at least you’ve halted it for now and it will wither within a few hours. For those not aversed to using a bit of Roundup, try painting the leaves with a mix, perhaps using a sponge and empty bottle of pop, or paint brush and small bucket. Beware of spills and do ware gloves.
To be continued…but the list is do:
- Water greenhouse / tunnel regularly.
- Tie in your clematis’.
- Weed in one are at a time.
- Forget to prop tall perrenials now.
- Leave any of your bedding plants unplanted.
- Don’t leave any of your vegetable seedlings unplanted.
- Don’t leave any of your pots unplanted.
- Don’t forget to sit back and enjoy the sunshine when it does show up.
Got to go and do some gardening for now…