June can be the softest month of all and those long Summer evenings should give you the chance to relax now that much of the hard work is done, and also the opportunity to reap the rewards of your labours with the first vegetables of Summer, ready to harvest and the flower garden in full bloom. Keep up the hoeing , weeding and watering. If you neglect the watering, in June, your yields will suffer – even if it pours in July. We are now in a growth spurt. Up until the longest day, most crops are raring to go, after that they slow down, I have learned this the hard way ! On the subject of watering, check regularly hanging baskets they will probably need watering every day now. Sow seeds of fast maturing annuals, Spring flowering biennials, herbs and vegetables. Plant out Summer bedding now that the risk of frost has past, but always watch the weather forecast, you never know! Thin out hardy annuals and vegetables sown in open ground. If you have not already done so, feed plants in the borders. Keep up the “dead-heading” unless saving for seed, by removing the dead blooms, will encourage them to produce more blooms later in the year. Stop chrysanthemums as required & disbud border carnations for larger blooms. Ensure the green house has adequate shading & ventilation the same applies to conservatories, for your house plants. Cut back your aubrieta and alyssum in the rock garden, immediately after flowering. In the fruit garden give your gooseberries a Summer prune this encourages larger fruits & reduces mildew, by removing the soft growth, watch out for gooseberry sawfly. Strawberries , these now will be producing runners, limit these to two per plant , picking off the rest. Fruit trees will now be in the “June drop” stage ensure you pick up all fallen fruitlets, to discourage diseases & pests. If you have over-Wintered citrus trees this month they can go outside and get some sunshine. I think that is enough gardening advice as we have a lot of Club news to get through.