The Summer Solstice already! The longest day and all downhill to darkest Winter now!!!
Except that this isn’t true. Now is the time when many gardeners will be starting to harvest crops like new potatoes, strawberries, cherries broad beans and a host of other fruit and vegetables.
Unfortunately now is also the time that birds and pests want to start harvesting too, so don’t delay protecting your precious crops, if you haven’t done so already. Now is also the time when vigilance is essential. A whole army of garden pests are on the march – birds, slugs, snails and a whole host of other insects want your fruit and vegetables as much as you do!
So – the important jobs include:
ripening fruit and young succulent salad and other vegetables. And check frequently to make sure there are no breaches in the defences.
- Wage war on weeds
to prevent them taking over the garden
- Check frequently for slugs, snails, greenfly etc. According to your preference, drown, trap, predate, squash or spray!
- Water as required and mulch to retain as much moisture as possible
- Feed. Tomatoes, beans and other crops are growing fast and need food to grow and crop well.
- Finally, support any climbers. They get away very rapidly now and need constant checking to make sure they are suitably supported.
About 4 hours sleep a night should give you enough time to survive June – and July…