Finally, flaming June is here.
With the frosts well behind us and the days lengthening and the temperatures rising, there will be an energetic growth spurt in the vegetable garden - including the weeds!
Visit me on the allotment this month and you will see some ruthless weeding... my hoe doesn't get a rest in June.
It is also a dry month, so there’ll also be plenty of (frequent!) watering to do, making sure we give young plants the best possible start in life.
Butterflies are here in full force and, as beautiful as they are, we need to watch out for yellow eggs on the underside of brassicas as caterpillars can devastate a whole crop.
With the sun on our backs there’ll be much to harvest including asparagus, broad beans and new potatoes. And if June wasn’t glorious enough, we will also have our first bite of homegrown strawberries. Sweet, red, juicy and with zero food miles - is there anything better? PS: If your sweetcorn isn’t sown yet, now’s your last chance
We can all get better at successional sowing for sure!
I have learnt now, rather than flinging the whole packet of seeds into the tray in one go it is better to keep some back and stagger the sowings into June.
Things I sow successionally are lettuce, radish, beetroot, carrots, spring onion, turnip, fennel, dwarf beans, peas, mangetout.