As we approach the longest day, we can now look forward to delicious fresh harvests. This week, roses and early herbaceous perennial plants should be looking fantastic, some of your indoor plants will benefit from being outside, and I hope that you will spend lots of time out in your garden!
Home grown veg
- Plant winter maturing Brassicas sprouts, winter cabbage, kale and purple sprouting broccoli) in gaps where early peas and beans have been harvested. Firm them in well, which will not only make them more stable but will produce a better quality harvest.
Snap off side shoots from cordon (non-bushy) tomatoes
. Do this early in the day when the shoots are full of water. If you use a knife for this, you could spread virus diseases, so snapping is better. Bushy varieties might need some thinning out of crowded shoots.
- Plant leeks in any spaces where you have cleared early crops. Trim off excess roots to plant them deep so that the base of the stem is bleached white by being buried.
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Home grown fruit
- Pot up and grow blueberry bushes using lime-free potting compost. Plant more than one variety to get better crops and also extend the harvest time.
Tie new shoots of loganberries
and other hybrid berries so that they are not in the way of fruit ripening on the older shoots. Tying them up in the middle of a wall or fence-trained plant works well.
The indoor garden
Hardy border plants