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Summer arrives proper with the Solstice

June 24th 2014
By: Melanie Hollidge

June 21 is the longest day of the year, the summer solstice means the UK is at its peak of light in the year.  All that extra light and warmth will have been encouraging your garden, your allotment, your balcony or your window boxes to be putting on an exuberant burst of growth. But unfortunately all this good growing weather also encourages the weeds to grow as enthusiastically as the plants we have been carefully tending, and all sorts of extra vegetation can appear as if from nowhere. Why is it that slugs and snails don’t seem to like the taste of weeds?
 
If you want to keep on top or your garden so it looks good for all those World Cup BBQs here are some of the top 10 jobs that are recommended in the garden this month.

1. Hoe borders regularly to keep those weeds down.
2. Don’t forget to pinch out those side-shoots on your tomatoes.
3. Start to harvest lettuce, radish, other salads and maybe even early potatoes.
4. Position summer hanging baskets and containers outside if you haven’t already.
5. Mow lawns at least once a week- it helps them grow strong.
6. Plant out summer bedding for those later shows of colour.
7. Stake up tall or floppy plants to stop them falling over.
8. Prune back many of those spring-flowering shrubs.
9. Shade greenhouses to keep them cool and prevent scorching of your precious plants.
10. As the summer marches on be water-wise, especially in areas likely to be drought-affected.