Task of the Month

Our horticultural experts are on hand to give you monthly advice on what to do now! We'll help you tackle tasks one month at a time to get your garden in tip top shape all year round.

June

Top Tip

Beautiful flowers can be edible. The old style marigold Calendula can be used in salads for flavour and colour.

Others to try are nasturtium but for decorative purposes, there is nothing better than the blue starflowers from borage which also has a sweet honey like taste.

Enjoy June in your garden.

Summer has arrived and gardens are offering up fantastic bounties. Picture and smell lightly steamed new potatoes with butter and salt and freshly picked strawberries with cream. How fresh and good is that and so easy to grow. If you had followed my tips in February you would be harvesting strawberries and other goodies from your Bord na Móna Growise Fruit & Vegetable Planter.

Outdoors

June is just brilliant for planting out tender vegetables and flowers. If your garden is small make use of sheltered spots and be sure to plant up planters filled with herbs and salads. Fill our fruit and vegetable planters with peas, broad beans, courgette, tomato, spinach, mixed brassica, and strawberries.

Plant out all your summer bedding this month as the danger of frost is gone. Dig over the ground until it is clean and fresh and sprinkle a layer of Bord na Móna Growise Chicken Manure so the plants will get a good start. Replenish raised beds with a good layer of Bord na Móna Growise Enriched Top Soil to bring the levels up. Fill a hanging basket with Bord na Móna Growise Tub & Basket Compost which is great for holding moisture and rich in nutrients. Use plants like diascia, verbena, petunia, lobelia, bacopa, trailing begonia and ivy leaf trailing geraniums.

If you haven’t done so already apply and renew mulch to protect plants during hot spells and to keep the weeds at bay. Around smaller plants use Bord na Móna Growise Superfine Bark and in larger areas Bord na Móna Growise Medium Chip Bark.

In the Greenhouse

This month it is imperative to put shading up to stop plants getting scorched and to keep the temperature reasonable. Use a green netting which will give the plants a cool fresher feeling. Support your tomatoes as they grow and remove side shoots unless they are the bush or mini type. Your first strawberries will now be ripening so now you should put a layer of straw down to keep them off the ground. Try planting some peppers and aubergines this month as plants are now available.

 

Brendan Howell

Bord na Móna Horticulturist

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Gardening should be fun, but often people are afraid of getting things wrong, and too worried to give it a go.

That’s where we come in – we’ve got simple tasks for improving your garden, laid out month by month. Just follow along and soon you’ll have a beautiful garden, and the satisfaction of knowing you did it all yourself. If you’d like a more practical garden, why not use your outdoor space to grow your own fruits and vegetables?

Our growbags and simple instructions take all the guesswork out of it, and you’ll be reaping the rewards in no time!