My planned activities for this month - June
|Weekly Feed Tomatoes, Courgettes, Cucumbers etc..|
|Plant Out seedling growing in the greenhouse.|
|Continue sowing lettuce|
|Plant out leeks|
|Plant out Brassicas Plants||27-06-16: planted out Brassicas. see Blog 27th June for all information.|
A Nice bright start at the allotment this morning. I started by cutting back my comfrey, and because I let it grow too much I added it to the compost bins. Next I started to weed my Potato beds and only the top beds were bad, as that was where the old horse manure bin had been kept, the rest of the potato beds did not need weeding. I then harvested some Peas, Strawberries, Courgettes and some more early potatoes. The last job involved weeding and removing all the unwanted runners that were developing on one of the raspberry beds see image showing the strawberry bed weeded, forked over and runners removed. Finally I checked on the Brassicas that were planted yesterday and they appear to have taken OK. It was then time to return home for lunch.
A rather dull day today at the allotment although it was still warm. I spent the whole morning planting out my Brassicas plants that were started off in the seed bed.
- Bed 11A Cabbages " January King" (18)
- Bed 11B Cauliflower "all Year Round" (18)
- Bed 12A Cabbages " Savoy Vertus" (12) Brussels Sprouts "Cascade F1" (6)
- Bed 12B Kale (18)
- Bed 4 Broccoli " Early Sprouting " ( 12) selection of spare Brassicas plants (24)
Once planted they were covered with Builders Debris netting supported by hoops made from water pipe. See the image which shows the debris netting covering the Brassicas beds. It was then time to return home for lunch.
A rather dull day today at the allotment although it was still warm. I started this morning by harvesting a variety of crops as illustrated by the image. The Rhubarb and Strawberries will be turned into Strawberry Jam and Orange and Rhubarb Jam, which I hope to produce this afternoon if not I will cook it tomorrow as we are expecting rain, so I will not be at the allotment. I cleared a number of my wicking pots and used them to resow a variety of herbs salad items. Finally I planted out my Rainbow Chard that had been started in modules. It was then time to return home for lunch.
A bright morning at the allotment after a day of heavy rain, at least the plants enjoyed it. I did visit the allotment on Sunday but that was just to harvest some more Strawberries. Today I started by planting out some more Runner Beans that were grown in modules to replace the directly sown beans that had not grown ( some from slug damage and some did not germinate). I then did the same with the module grown Squash. I finally uncovered the beds that will be used to grow my Brassicas plants, this is illustrated by the five beds in the image. Hopefully The planting out of my Brassicas will take place tomorrow. I then picked some Rhubarb ready to make some Rhubarb and orange jam. I made some strawberry jam last week from a load of strawberries I picked on the 15th June. It was then time to return home for lunch.
First full morning visit to the allotment after a great three weeks holiday in the caravan. I did visit last night to see what needs doing and managed to pick 8lb of strawberries and a hand full of tomatoes from my small bush type tomatoes. The image just shows the grass needing cutting, just one of many jobs to be done. I started the morning by feeding and watering the greenhouse plants in the wicking pots. They were watered about once a week by my allotment neighbour. The wicking pots did the job they were made for. Next I removed an amazing amount of side shoots from the tomato plants. Next I cut and strimmed the grass paths around my two allotment plots. Finally I harvested some Beetroot, French Beans and Spring Onions from the wicking pots, and some early potatoes from one of my outdoor buckets. At lunch time I returned home for a cup of coffee and a sandwich.
What needs doing this month
- Watch for pests and diseases
- Thin fruit if crop is heavy
- Harvest strawberries
- Spray apples and pears, blackberries, loganberries, gooseberries, peaches and nectarines plums and damsons, cherries and raspberries.
- Water and mulch to ensure sufficient water to apples pears and black currants.
- Check weeds around trees and bushes growing in cultivated soil
- Tie sacking around apple and pear trunks to catch apple blossom weevils.
- Destroy fruits attacked by sawfly
- Train in new blackberry and loganberry shoots
- Summer prune gooseberries.
- Tie in new wall-trained peach and nectarine shoots.
- Protect fruiting plum,. damson and cherry trees, red currants, raspberries and strawberries against birds.
- Anchor healthy strawberry runners so that they form new plants.
- Summer prune outdoor vines.
- Plant out Marrows and Courgettes in positions previously prepared.
- Plant out Sweetcorn that has been started in the greenhouse or frame.
- Continue to thin out Carrots, Beetroot, Endive and Chicory.
- Plant out Celery and Celeriac grown in the greenhouse, into the prepared beds.
- Sow white Turnips as a catch crop in-between rows of Peas.
- Plant outdoor Tomatoes into prepared sites.
- Continue to thin Carrots and Beetroot as needed.
- Stop Cucumbers growing in frames. As the fruits form put a piece of slate or tile under it to keep it off the soil.
- Remove any flower spikes that have grown on rhubarb.
- Fold a leaf over any Cauliflowers that are beginning to form. This will help keep them clean.
- Keep a general eye on crops for pests and spray as required.
- Most herbs will now be at their peak and can be picked and stored for later use in cooking.
- Ensure that beans are kept well watered and apply a mulch if not already done so.
- Transplant Leeks to the previously prepared bed ready for winter use.
- Transplant Savoy and January King Cabbages.
- Sow more peas for a succession.
- Continue to sow Lettuce and Radish.
- Parsley can also be sown now for winter and spring use.
- Asparagus has probably finished cropping now so apply a general fertiliser to the bed at the rate of 2oz to Sq. Yd.
- Take out sides hoots of tomatoes (not the bush varieties though).
- Stop cutting asparagus to allow the ferns to grow. Feed with a general fertiliser.
- Earth up late potatoes and ensure that they are well watered.
- Stop Cucumbers in frames by pinching out the growing tip. This encourages fruit bearing sides hoots to grow. These sides hoots should be stopped at the fourth leaf.
- Pinch out the tips of Broad beans to encourage fruiting and prevent Blackfly from colonising the tip.
- Thin out Spinach seedlings sown in May.
- Lift early Potatoes and prepare the ground for planting Leeks.
- Keep Onions and Shallots watered well and feed weekly with a general fertiliser.
- Thin out Scorzonera and Salsify sown in May.
- Keep French beans, runner beans and courgettes well watered.
- Sow Swedes to overwinter.
- Sow further rows of chervil and dill, thin established seedlings.
- Control weeds by frequent hoeing.
- Take and insert more rosemary and sage cuttings
- Start picking herbs
- Keep a check on temperatures by regulating the ventilation
- Put up shading where necessary
- Check watering requirements daily
- Train tomatoes and cucumbers
- Remove sides hoots from tomatoes
- Water and feed carefully
- Harden off aubergines, sweet peppers, marrows and ridge cucumbers.
- Thin grapes
- Water and feed peaches, nectarines and strawberries.
- Cut grass paths
- check plant supports for movement
- Keep weeds down by hoeing
- watch for slugs and pests