Last Updated: 12/07/2016
Tags: June Gardens
June is a great time for gardens and it is worth sparing a thought for how tilling the soil and growing plants can affect the mind. Research carried out by the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) has shown that more than a third of people questioned said that being in a garden makes them feel healthier, while 79 per cent believe that access to a garden is essential for quality of life.
If you find gardening is a way of calming your mind and decompressing after a hard week at work maybe filling up the weed bucket can help calm competing thought and help new ideas that are barely formed take shape. There are plenty of other jobs to do in June too; feeding, watering and supporting your fruit and veg is vital. Your runner beans will need well-prepared ground and suitable supports, like bamboo canes, to grow up and continuing to feed plants and fruit regularly once they are established is important.
If you are into growing some vegetables now is the time to continue sowing salad crops, leafy salad crops may do better when sown in partially shady sites. Beans are a great favourite and French, runner and broad beans can be sown directly into prepared beds outside. French beans are best sown in traditional rows, 45cm (18in) apart, at 15-22cm (6-9in) spacing.
Courgettes, marrows and pumpkins can still be sown outdoors in June down South but you need to plant out any vegetables sown indoors earlier in the season, including winter brassicas and sweet peppers. Remember gaps between winter brassica plants can be used for quick-maturing crops, like radishes or gem lettuces. Feeling better already.
Source: Royal Horticultural Society