We’ve been running our gardening during a pandemic series throughout the lockdown restrictions. Many people have found a new love for gardening during that time, so we’re continuing with our help and advice as restrictions ease.
This week, we’ve put together a list of jobs you can be doing in the garden this month.
- Cut lavender for drying. Choose newly opened flowers for the best fragrance, then hang them up in a cool, dark place until they dry out
- Keep watering your sweet peas. You can pick the flowers every few days to create a beautiful, scented bouquet for your home and picking them means they will continue to flower too
- Feed, water and deadhead your summer bedding on a regular basis – this includes pots, borders and hanging baskets. You can also do the same with roses to encourage flowering
- Start sowing foxgloves, forget-me-nots and wallflowers ready to bloom next year
- Now is the time to start pegging down runners from strawberry plants into pots to help root new plants for 2021
- Keep up watering thirsty plants such as celery, beans, peas, courgettes, pumpkins and tomatoes
- Check your crops for pests such as aphids. Rub or wash them off as soon as you see them to stop them multiplying
- If you’ve got a greenhouse, open doors, windows and vents on warm days to improve air circulation
- Keep bird baths, ponds and water features topped up during warm weather so birds can enjoy a wash.
Don’t forget, if you’re paying a visit to your local garden centre for supplies, please follow all social distancing measures in place. You can find your nearest garden centre here.