Fulham Horticultural Society
|June to do list|
1. Keep on hoeing to stay on top of those weeds. Remove more
resilient weeds by hand.
2. Prune late spring and early summer flowering shrubs like Ceanothus and Kerria after flowering.
3. Keep on sowing lettuce, radish, spring onions, beetroot, beans etc etc to prolong your harvesting season. A sowing every 3 weeks or so should do the trick.
4. Draw soil up round the stems of potatoes to encourage them to root into this ridge of soil and develop a larger crop.
5. Thin out congested rows of seedlings - many of the thinnings can be eaten and the better spacing should result in improved yields.
6. When watering, it is better to give the crops a good soaking once or twice a week, than to sprinkle water around randomly every day - aim to get the water deep into the soil.
7. Net strawberries and other fruits to protect them from birds, weave a cane into the base edge of the netting and peg down to the ground to prevent birds getting underneath - also
enviromesh for carrots and leeks - and don't forget to protect
brassicas from pigeons.
8. Apple trees may have set a very heavy crop. Some of these will fall naturally, but you can help by picking off malformed, damaged or diseased fruits, or those showing signs of pest attack.
9. Divide congested clumps of bluebells, snowdrops etc. Give late tulips a liquid feed to encourage flowers next year.
10. For extra-large rose blooms, perhaps for cutting or for exhibition, remove any buds developing at the side of the main terminal bloom on each
Recipe of the Month
Makes 500ml cordial
300g hulled strawberries
300g caster sugar
Juice 5 lemons
Still or sparkling mineral water, to dilute
Sliced limes and strawberries, and sprigs of mint, to serve
Put the hulled strawberries, caster sugar and lemon juice into a blender and pulse until smooth. Strain the mixture through a sieve into a large bowl and stir thoroughly to ensure all the sugar dissolves.
You can transfer the cordial to a large bottle or storage container until needed. The cordial will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Dilute with still or sparkling water (about 1 part cordial to 4 parts water and serve with ice, lime and strawberry slices and sprigs of mint. If you fancy making it into a cocktail, simply add vodka to taste.