Getting out in the garden during winter months is proven to be both rejuvenating and therapeutic. Therefore, we encourage you to get out there with our top gardening jobs that will keep you busy throughout the month of June, helping you prepare your garden for the whole winter season.
We recommend starting by planting up a couple of pots of annual winter flowers. Consider violas, polyanthus or pansies which are already in flower and will provide an instant show of colour. Water well after planting and keep in bloom by deadheading and watering every 10 days with liquid plant food.
Get organised for spring by collecting and storing perennial seeds from your favourite plants. Start by collecting then drying the seeds, before preparing them for storage by shaking them through a sieve. Simply store them in paper envelopes with a label marking the date, year and name of the plant.
Plant Spring-flowering Bulbs
Take the time to plant bulbs that will bloom in the coming spring. This will assist in setting yourself up for a beautiful, fresh garden space in the coming seasons. We recommend considering daffodils, tulips or lilies as they are easy to grow. Yet, be mindful when purchasing to steer clear of flowers that have bruises, cuts, soft spots or signs of decay as they are a poorer quality of flower.
Clear the garden
With autumn gone for another year, it is time to ensure paths and grass are free from dead leaves, twigs, sticks, bark and flowers. Use a rake to compile these items that have accumulated over the season to avoid accidents and help to make sure your garden is looking its best. The leaves, bark and twigs can be used as mulch or added to the compost heap, whilst sticks can be used to light indoor wood fires.
Maintain and plant vegetable beds
Growing your own vegetables is always a great way to ensure your meals are fresh and tasty. Prepare a vegie bed by adding soil and mulch, along with any of the following vegetables which cope well with the cooler winter weather.
- Onions and Shallots
- Spring Onions
- Broad Beans
- Winter salads
- Pak Choi
Keep on top of your weeding during winter to ensure your garden doesn’t become over grown and untamed come spring. Make sure you check your garden beds, borders, pots and pathways for any hidden nasties, whilst taking care not to disturb the emerging bulbs of newly planted flowers.