June-4th Week

21 Jun

Mr Middleton says: A seed is one of the wonders of the world.

June-4th WEEK

1. Routine Work.- Hoe and weed regularly to reduce unnecessary competition with your crops. Control insect pests. Watch for any diseases such as tomato mildew, onion mildew, etc. Give crops such as runner beans a mulch of leaves or grass mowings to protect them in dry weather.

2. Leeks and Celery.- Water leeks in dry weather, and feed with liquid manure. Exhibitors often bore a seperate hole beside each plant into which to put the liquid food. Treat celery the same.

3. Attack Celery Pests.- As a preventive of leaf blight or rust on celery, spray with Bordeaux mixture about once a fortnight. Signs of attack are brown patches on the leaves, with tiny black spots on them.

4. Broad Beans and Runners.- When in flower, runner beans can be syringed with water occasionally. This helps the pods to set, as sometimes the flowers drop off. If broad beans have been attacked badly with black fly, spray persistently with soft soap. It is essential to hit the insect to kill, so the spray must be carefully applied.

5. Wage War on Caterpillars.– If cabbage caterpillars hatch out and begin to eat the leaves, hand-pick them off if possible. Sweet corn should be given a dressing of general fertilizer or watered with liquid manure.

6. Sow for Salad Successions.– Keep up succession of salads by making regular sowings. Lettuce must be sown outside, and thinned instead of being planted out. Radish should be sown thinly so that each seedling has a chance to swell. Mustard and cress can also be obtained from sowings made outside.

7. Look to Potatoes, Onions, Leeks.- Earth-up potatoes as they require it. Draw the soil well up to a steep-pointed ridge. This has a tendency to turn away from the tubers the spores of blight which may drop from the foliage. Feed onions weekly now. They should be growing rapidly. Autumn-sown onions will soon begin to swell and should be available for use in August. Earliest leeks will need blanching now. Make a late sowing of parsley for winter use.

8. Protect Cucumbers.- Cucumbers growing in frames and glasshouses should be well shaded from the sun, otherwise their leaves will be scorched. Whitewash applied to the glass is excellent. There is a special proprietary powder available for the work known as Summer Cloud, which has the advantage of being easily removed.

9. Take Care of Fruit.– Spray for aphis where necessary. Keep up a preliminary thinning of fruits.

Now we have had this rain the weeds are really going to make a comeback so it is vital to keep on top of them now. Mr Middleton makes regular reference to using the hoe and it is probably one of the most used items l possess, particularly on the paths. I tend to weed by hand in the beds pulling the whole weed out, roots and all. The ground is perfect for mulching now it is damp. No point doing it when it is dry as it would stay dry. I applied a thick layer of grass cuttings around the runner beans. The birds have a field day rooting around and scratching it in search of grubs and things but l don’t mind. With this damp and, sometimes, warm weather it is a perfect breeding ground for mildew and fungal diseases so stay alert for blight on those spuds! I had a sneak look the other evening to see how the spuds are coming along and i am happy to report l will be harvesting the first of them any day now. Can’t wait!

We have had our son stay with us for the past week and it has rained every day, not all day every day, but enough to put the damper on things a bit. Such a shame as only a few weeks ago we were sat outside in the hot sunshine having lunch dressed in t shirts and shorts, barbecues in the evening and complaining the ground was baked rocked hard! What a difference now. We have even had to light the fire sometimes in the evenings as it was so chilly. But boy, has the garden loved this rain! It didn’t stop us from having some nice walks and came across this lovely meadow by the river full of Californian Poppy’s.

We also visited La Roche Jagu again to look at their gardens. They have created several ‘rooms’ displaying flowers and herbal plants mostly.

Box borders

A sad Gourd

They use a lot of willow and hazel fencing amongst their borders which gives great definition and structure to everything. One of the ‘rooms’ is devoted to vegetables, my favourite of course, and l came across these little gourds in amongst the broad beans, just for fun l think. This chap looks like he has had enough of the rain too!

Roche Jagu Potager

Rhubarb, Carrots and Broad Beans

Another advantage to all this wet weather is that a lot of the vegetables have suddenly become ready to harvest. I even managed to harvest a decent crop of broad beans to go with our salmon the other evening! The first of the carrots were delicious too and Mrs Hunt made a beautiful Rhubarb Crumble. What are you harvesting right now?



Posted by on June 21, 2011 in June, June - In Your Garden


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10 responses to “June-4th Week

  1. chicaandaluza

    June 21, 2011 at 14:24

    Oooh Rhubarb – you lucky thing! A neighbour of mine grows it and if I´m lucky I get a bunch. Hope the rain didn´r ruin your week with your son too much. Summer seems to have finally arrived but we´re having strange misty mornings and evenings. The plants seem to like the sudden drop in temeprature and the dampness though!

    • trevorhunt

      June 24, 2011 at 23:32

      Hi Tanya, Rhubarb is one of my favourite crops. The rain didn’t stop us doing anything and it was good to see them both. Forecast is for a mini heatwave over the weekend. I believe its going to be hotter than hell in your neck of the woods too. Best get the Pimms out!

  2. Toffeeapple

    June 21, 2011 at 19:08

    It’s all very odd here, not a lot of rain and infrequently too. Cool one day, 21C the next. A great crop of snails and slugs on wet days. My roses are the best I have ever seen them though.

    • trevorhunt

      June 24, 2011 at 23:34

      Hi Toffeeapple, Yes, l agree the roses have been great this year. Looks like it is going to be a bumper year with the fruit as well. Loads of apples, pears, and sloes etc. Have a great weekend.

  3. greg becker

    June 22, 2011 at 14:01

    looks like the gourd is a guard, possibly against broad bean eating squirrels?

    • trevorhunt

      June 24, 2011 at 23:35

      Hi Greg, Very gourd….ohhh, sorry!

  4. elaine rickett

    June 24, 2011 at 19:42

    I am harvesting nothing except raspberries and redcurrants at the moment – I am out of love with the garden at the moment – it is not behaving itself!

    • trevorhunt

      June 24, 2011 at 23:38

      Hi Elaine, Thanks for looking in. Lucky you with the raspberries and redcurrants. Enough for a Summer Pudding perhaps? I love that. Hope you regain control of your garden. I know what you mean though, l have days when l don’t look at it but when l do l wonder why l haven’t before. Take a cup of tea with you next time!

  5. Mal

    June 24, 2011 at 23:23

    Rhubarb, I can compete. Broad beans a week off, carrots – nowhere near. What a healthy carrot patch. Is it just because you keep it weed free, or what’s the secret?

    • trevorhunt

      June 24, 2011 at 23:42

      Hi Mel, No secrets on the carrot patch just good old fashioned weeding! The recent rain has really brought them on. I’ll have to take the camera with me next time as at this time of the year it is constantly changing. Had my first early spuds the other night too. Lovely! Hope you enjoy those Broad Beans.


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