Us gardeners can now reap the rewards of our labours this month with the first vegetables of summer ready to harvest & the flower garden in full bloom. We can at last relax & enjoy our gardens with all it’s beauty without having to keep an eye open,watching out for a late frost. On the 21st of this month it will be the longest day, there is nothing like, after a long hot day to sit in the garden until late, that is, proving it is still warm, what happened to those days? they seem few and far between these days, global warming! Most of the hard work of sowing, thinning pricking out & planting will have been completed at the end of last month. One of the most enjoyable sights is to see the trees still looking fresh and green, the hot dry days of Summer having not yet taken their toll. Lawns often start to fade and go brown unless you water them and this is not always possible, they will have to remain parched all Summer. With a lawn in good condition it will require mowing at least once a week, do not be tempted to cut it too short. Lawns fading & going brown should not be a cause for concern as they quickly recover when Autumn arrives. In warm dry weather the ever present pests, such as greenfly & blackfly can breed rapidly, and red spidermite & whitefly can become a real nuisance, the best way to keep on top of the problem is to be vigilant & eradicate as soon as possible. With warm weather & rain, slugs & snails may become a problem collect them up & dispose of them before they ruin all your hard work. Keep on top of the weeding, little & often I find best, & remember keep your hoe sharp, for the best results. Jobs for this month; check regularly to see if plants need water. Hanging baskets & small containers may need watering every day. A useful gadget I found a few years ago is a moisture meter, no guess work, take a reading and water as required. Dead heading is such a tedious task but your efforts will be repaid with prolonged flowering. Sow seeds of fast maturing annuals, Spring flowering biennials, herbs and vegetables. Plant out Summer bedding and other seedlings and cuttings . Thin hardy annuals & vegetables sown in open ground. If you are growing chrysanthemums now is the time to stop them as required to get those prize blooms. Disbud carnations now for larger blooms, have you tried layering carnations? Just the same as strawberry runners, remove the bark where a stem touches the ground, remove any adjacent leaves, just below where you want it to root, just add a mixture of compost and grit, peg down with a wire hoop and cover with your prepared soil mix, next month is the latest for layering carnations, this is a good way to increase your stock. Ensure your greenhouse has adequate shading & ventilation, keep up the, removal of side shoots from cordon grown tomato plants, if growing cucumbers, they like humid conditions and plenty of water, but keep it off the leaves as this can damage leaves as temperatures rise. Cut back aubrieta & alyssum in the rock garden immediately after flowering, and finally put nets over your soft fruit, so that you may enjoy the harvest and not the birds!