Temperate 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.
- Water the lawn, and mow it, once a month.
- Once a week, water azaleas, camellias, magnolias and all shrubs from the winter-rainfall areas.
- Avoid overwatering indigenous winter-flowering annuals, such as Livingston and Namaqualand daisies.
- Transplant woody shrubs.
- Water container plants regularly.
- 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:
- Violas, sweet peas, petunias, vinca majors and common fox gloves can also be used. See the countrywide section of June for more information.
Herbs and vegetables to plant in June:
These vegetable seedlings can be planted out in open soil during June.
- Parsnips and spinach are also good vegetables to plant this time of the year in this region.