In the flower garden….
• Finish hardening off tender plants, hanging baskets and pots and move them to their final positions.
• Continue to thin out any over crowded hardy annuals.
• Lift and divide clumps of snowdrops and bluebells after they’ve turned yellow.
• Pinch out the tips of fuchsias to encourage a bushy habit and more flowers.
• Start to pick sweet peas as soon as flowers appear to encourage more blooms.
• Stake tall perennials to prevent wind damage.
• Tie in new shoots on climbing plants to their supports.
• Prune out overcrowded or dead stems of evergreen clematis once they have finished flowering.
In the vegetable garden…
• Continue to earth up potato plants as they grow.
• Pinch out any side shoots from tomato plants. Start to feed once the first truss has set.
• Harvest salad crops and resow every 2 weeks for a constant supply of tasty leaves.
• When planting out cabbages, use brassica collars to prevent cabbage root fly attack.
• Harvest first early potatoes when they are ready. (Usually 10 weeks after planting).
• Keep an eye on your garlic and onions. When the leaves start to yellow and die back, they’re ready to harvest.
• If you haven’t already, finish hardening off and plant tender vegetables such as squash, tomatoes and sweetcorn.
• Protect crops from carrot fly by covering with horticultural fleece.
In the fruit garden…
• It will soon be time to start pruning your plum and cherry trees.
• Although fruit trees will naturally shed some fruit (called the ‘June drop’), aim to thin out congested branches further for bigger and better fruits.
• Protect any developing fruits from birds and squirrels by placing netting around your plants.
• If you are growing fruit in containers, remember to give them a high potash liquid feed to keep them healthy and productive.
• Top-dress patio dwarf fruit trees with fresh compost and a slow-release fertiliser.
• Peg down runners on strawberries to create more plants for next year. If you don’t need more plants then remove the runners completely.
• Always water potted blueberries with rainwater.
Looking after your lawn…
Keep newly seeded or turfed lawns well watered.
Warm weather encourages rapid weed growth – apply specific lawn weed killer to tackle them.
Feed your lawn with a special lawn fertiliser to encourage healthy green growth.
Recut lawn edges, or install lawn edging to make future maintenance easier.