Dry continental and highveld summer rainfall – June
What to do in the garden in June.
Winter is officially here and the streets are lined with naked trees as the sun beams directly into the eyes of South Africans making their way to work in the morning. June brings the coldest temperatures and the shortest days, but there is still no reason not to enjoy the fresh outdoors and the sunny mornings in the garden.
Follow these tips and pointers on what to plant, prune and maintain this month to make the best of your garden this June.
- Water and feed spring-flowering bulbs regularly.
- Cut down on watering pot plants as they need less water during winter.
- Water the lawn once a month
- Once a week, thoroughly water azaleas, camellias, magnolias and all shrubs from the winter-rainfall areas.
- Start the planning for your summer garden.
- Protect frost-sensitive plants.
- Sow vegetables like peas, radishes and turnips.
- Winds come in destructive gusts this time of year, it is essential that plants are firmly staked.
- On frosty mornings, hose down seedlings before the sun reaches them.
- If you didn’t make use of mulch during the hotter months, you have no excuse now as mulching will prevent the soil from losing moisture on hot days in the warmer regions. Mulch will also help with protection on cold frosty nights in the colder regions and serve a dual purpose for our more temperate regions! In case you needed yet another reason to get stuck in, mulch is also great for suppressing weed growth.
Plant these seedlings out from trays: