Colin Evans garden tips
June is finally here. The weather maybe unreliable but your garden needn't be. Colin has all the know how to keep your beauty bushes vibrant, Clematis' blooming and your tomatoes gleaming...
June should always be a month we can rely on, from the gardener's point of view anyway. However, this year I have my reservations. I think this June will give us a few headaches as we try and make the best of the unreliable weather.
Still, challenges rarely throw us, so we can be sure of one thing and that's the weather won't beat us or our garden. Plants are generally very tough.
Providing they are supported when it's windy, fed when the ground is impoverished and watered during dry periods, then I see little to hold us back during June.
Kolkwitzia amabilis or "Beauty Bush" can be seen in all its vibrancy in gardens all over the county now.
This fantastic flowering deciduous shrub will grow in most conditions. Though, it quite likes a little acidity, so dig in plenty of compost around the root area.
During May and June, the cascades of dusky pink flowers that look like small Foxgloves give off a very sweet faint perfume. My favourite variety is "Pink Cloud" which has an eventual height of 3 metres.
Earth up the soil or compost around the Clematis. Then cover the crowns to ward off Clematis Wilt, which attacks the exposed crowns. Water in some liquid Sulphate of Potash to give the climber an extra boost for the growing season.
Take side shoots from upright tomato plants as soon as they are seen. If they're being grown in a green house, it's important to keep the vents open. This prevents the build up of fungal diseases.
Dig in organic matter around Herbaceous plants and shrubs, then remove all the old debris to keep fungal problems at bay. Finally feed with a slow release granular fertilizer.
last updated: 19/06/2008 at 14:32
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