June gardening jobs


Tomatoes Hi everyone,

I hope you've been enjoying the fantastic sunshine we've had recently? To help keep your garden looking its best throughout June, take a look at this month's gardening jobs…

Plant your veg
It's now warm enough to plant out safely runner beans, French beans, tomatoes, peppers and courgettes. Keep them well watered and they'll romp away! 

Put houseplants outside
Give your indoor plants a boost by popping them outside for part, or all, of the summer. They'll love the fresh air. Even the occasional downpour does them good as it'll help clean their leaves.
Care for your sweet peas
Keep them well watered or the flower buds may not develop properly and they'll drop off. Give them a weekly feed with Flower Power to double their flowers. Also, keep picking the flowers as that encourages them to produce even more blooms.

Bean feastGladioli display
For the best and tastiest crop of broad beans, pinch out the tops once the flowering plants have started to produce their first pods. This will make the pods develop faster and also help keep away black fly.
Give gladioli some TLC
Stake taller growing gladioli to help support the flower spike as it develops. Mound a little soil around the base of each plant to make it more stable.
Budget gardening
Pack your garden with perennial colour on the cheap. Now's the time to sow seeds of lupins, delphiniums, achilleas and lots of other cottage garden favourites. Started now, they'll be flowering-size plants by next spring.

Take care,



  1. Julie Hirst June 6, 2009 at 8:08 am -  Reply

    Can you please help me, back in February I bought the pack of 3 Tree Peonys none of which have flowered, can you let me know if they will flower now this year or not.

  2. tracy June 6, 2009 at 8:59 am -  Reply

    dear richard and the galery. am a new gardern it ok giveing us the latain name of the plants that you sell, but could you also put up the common name of the plants too. am was waching the 8am show today, and if craig had not asked what the plant was richard would not have given it its common name of forget me not. under that name i know that plant and know it if going to grow in my gardern
    just try to keep in mind there are new gardener all around thank you

  3. cas June 16, 2009 at 10:37 am -  Reply

    hi I totally am in favour of making things simple as I too am only learning and would appreciate if you could also say what type of soil and whether its a sun lovng or shade position for plants thanks

  4. maureen dixon June 16, 2009 at 12:30 pm -  Reply

    Last year i purchased the blue and white fuschia from qvc, i had plenty flowering last year but none this colour and no sign of them this year either its a mystery ?? i can only assume i did not receive the right ones

  5. Val Bottomley June 17, 2009 at 8:17 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    In your ‘jobs for June’ you mention sowing seeds for perennials now, if I do this do I plant out the young plants this season or overwinter them in the greenhouse,
    Cheers Val B

  6. Jane Lever June 21, 2009 at 11:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I bought 2 sets of Twisters but am not able to secure them at the base, what am I doing wrong? they just keep springing back up the cane.
    Many thanks Jane

  7. melanie whitney June 22, 2009 at 9:05 pm -  Reply

    hi richard can you help ive planted my strawberries in a hanging they have got a few flowers on now but i have noticed loads of little flies like greenfly all on the stems will they be ok or should i be doing something please help cheers melanie x

  8. Sharon Booth-Howie June 30, 2009 at 3:23 pm -  Reply

    Richard – I read the email from Julie Hirst (6/06) with interest as I also bought the 3 tree peonies about 2 years ago. To date they have not flowered either. Two are in the ground and one is in a very large pot. I have fed them regularly but nothing happens! Please advise.
    Sharon Booth-Howie 30/06/09

  9. Liz Lindsay July 1, 2009 at 5:09 pm -  Reply

    purchased raspberry canes last year and had a great crop, this year so far plenty green but no fruits can anyone help with advice.

  10. Frances Winterborn July 24, 2010 at 4:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I really would like to by the plant invigorator on its own. I have a lagre root booster and two packets of the other stuff that will last me until the day I die. Is there any chance I could get some its so god for black fly and caterpillars

  11. rosemary pryce June 21, 2011 at 9:22 am -  Reply

    Having read the above comments about the tree peonies I am now concerned as I too have bought these and am concerned that they will not flower – of the three i have bought, which I have planted into pots for now, two appear to be flourishing but one, the yellow one, has not progressed. I would also like to say that there were no instructions with them and I only put them into pots as that is what was shown on the show. I do find that when these products are shown it is made to sound very simple but when they are received this is not the case. I have jsut received the verbascum collection, these were all of different sizes and development and with no instructions, they were also completely dry and althoug I have watered and transfered into pots do not show signs of recovery.

  12. overwintering plants October 27, 2015 at 11:13 am -  Reply

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