June's Gardening Checklist
New seasons fruit trees and roses start to arrive in garden stores this month so it's a great time to prepare the garden and head into see the new season range.
Plant new fruit trees; citrus, Apples, Pears, Plumbs, Peaches and Nectarines.
Now is the perfect time to prune trees that have finished fruiting. Cut stems back to a healthy growing bud and seal the cuts on larger stems with Pruning Paint to protect against disease.
Keep your secateurs and loppers clean with white spirits, this will prevent the transfer of any diseases. Keep cutting tools sharp for neater cuts and to prevent any diseases growing.
Palmers Guide to Growing Fruit Trees is the ideal companion for those looking for a comprehensive information and practical step by step instructions.
Spray deciduous fruit trees with Champ DP and Conqueror Oil to protect diseases.
Sow seeds of Spinach and Silver beet, Peas, Onions, Lettuce and in warmer climattes Broad Beans.
Plant seedlings of Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli, winter Lettuce, Spinach and Silver beet.
Feed Cauliflower, Cabbage and Broccoli with Phostrogen or Nitrosol.
Protect winter vegetables with Champ DP to prevent fungal disease.
Plant Garlic and Shallots.
Plant Strawberry plants - well established plants will fruit earlier and for longer this spring and summer.
Sow seeds of Lobelia, Calendula, Sweet William, Dianthus, Alyssum and Sweetpeas. In warmer areas sow Delphinium, Larkspur, Stock, Nemesia, Carnation, Canterbury Bells, Gyspophila and Wallflower.
Plant seedlings of Alyssum, Forget-me-nots, Pansies, Viola, Polyanthus, Primula, Poppy, Sweetpea, Cyclamen, Hollyhock, Lobelia, Sweet William, Anemone, Candytuft and Bellis Daisy.
Protect young seedlings from slugs and snails with Quash or Bliztem granules.
Cut back, lift and divide perennials such as Asters, Achillea, Dahlias and Phlox.
Prune out any thin and spindly growth on your Hydrangeas. Cut back strong shoots to 2-3 buds from the base. Adding garden lime will improve pink colouring and aluminum sulphate to improve blue colouring.
Plant new seasons roses and maintain your existing plants as required later in the month. Pick up a copy of the Palmers Guide to Growing Roses for comprehensive information and simple instructions for best results.
For maximum flowering give your Roses a top dressing of Sulphate of Potash now and prune towards the end of June.
It's a great time to plant Daphne, Camellias and Rhododendrons to add welcome colour to the garden in winter and early spring.
Ensure young trees and fragile plants are firmly staked and tied.
Mulch all plants with Garden X Compost.
Prune back deciduous trees in dry weather.
Protect new plants, sub-tropical and other frost tender plants with frost cloth at night.