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Gardening - June 2020

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  • Message from Stockton Bury Gardens - 3rd June

  • What to do in the Garden in June  - Tamsin Westhorpe

3rd June 2020 - Message from Stockton Bury Gardens

We have decided not to open the garden at this current time and would be grateful if you could inform friends who might be planning to visit us, as we would hate them to have a wasted journey!


For updates follow @tamsinwesthorpe on twitter or Instagram, or see our official website


Thank you.


All at Stockton Bury Gardens

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What to do in the garden in June by Tamsin Westhorpe

  • After such a dry May, what we should all be focusing on this month is rain dancing! On 3rd June we had our first sprinkling and the smell of the rain was just fantastic! The lack of rain in May has caused lawns to brown and plants to be stunted. My advice would be to only water plants in pots - your lawn will recover so don’t waste valuable water.

  • So many people sowed packets and packets of seeds in late April and early May. Now, if you are anything like me, you have far too many seedlings in pots. What should you do with them all? If you can’t squeeze then in, then can I suggest that you put them on a little table by your front gate, label them and suggest that passers-by help themselves. It’s so lovely to think of your plants going to a new home.

  • It’s still not too late to sow quick growing edibles such as lettuce and radish. Sow little and often and you’ll have a succession of fresh crops.

  • The risk of frost has most certainly gone, so you are safe to plant your tender plants and focus on filling your pots with seasonal bedding. To give your plants a boost mix some slow-release feed into the compost.

  • At Stockton Bury we have harvested our first broad beans. Raymond (my uncle) is master of the veg patch here and he sowed his broad beans in the autumn. The strawberries are looking promising – now is the time to protect them from the birds.

  • As soon as your tomato plants start to flower,  give them a regular feed with a tomato feed.

  • Deadhead your roses to encourage more blooms to follow. Don’t forget to sink your nose into a rose occasionally - it’s good for the soul.

  • Support plants that are flopping about and tie in climbers.

  • Keep an eye on who is visiting your garden. This is a wonderful project for children and adults. Make a record of moths, butterflies and other insects and birds. Add a bird bath – the birds will be so grateful.

  • I think you’ll agree that our gardens are more valuable than ever before – being able to sit in a garden with a friend is priceless. Enjoy it

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