Jobs for June

Flaming June (lets hope so) is a very busy time on the allotment plot. Hopefully nights are now frost free and the days are longer which gives you more time to spend on the allotment getting jobs done.

Keep it going and keep on sowing for a succession of beetroot, radishes, spring onions and lettuce. You can also sow carrots but as always make sure you protect them from carrot fly.

Now is the time to plant out young plants of runner beans, French beans, courgettes, pumpkins, squashes and sweetcorn, plus outdoor tomatoes and cucumbers. You can also plant out Brussels sprouts, cabbages, cauliflowers and celeriac.

It's finally the time to enjoy your harvests. Peas, gooseberries,currents, strawberries should all be ready now as well as salads, beetroot and radishes. Stop harvesting asparagus this month.

General jobs
Keeping on top of weeds is a constant and important job. A hoe is a fantastic tool and lets you easily weed between rows. Let annual weed seedlings dry out on top of the soil. Strawberries benefit from a good layer of straw mulch and keep birds off the ripening fruit by covering plants with netting. Watering can be hard to keep on top of in the summer months, remember that a good soak is much better than a regular sprinkle. Give priority to anything that’s been recently planted. (read our guide to watering wisely here) Start feeding tomatoes in the greenhouse with a high potash tomato food, this will encourage the production of more flowers and fruits.