Winter Rainfall Regions – June
June in the garden
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.
- In winter rain-fall regions strong winds can damaged plants. Ensure plants are properly staked during this windy and rainy season.
- Plant evergreen trees in frost free areas.
- Fertilize bulb plants.
- Place a layer of mulch around young plants to prevent the soil from being washed away by heavy rain.
- Plant lilium bulbs in frost free areas.
- Mow the lawn if necessary.
- Feed winter flowering annuals every 14 days with a water soluble fertilizer like Nitrosol or Multifeed.
- Keep your spring-flowering bulbs moist at all times and feed them with bulb food for best results.
- 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:
Cosmos bipinnatus Phlox maculata Impatiens Infinity Range Antirrhinum majus
Bulbs to plant during June:Dahlia,
Keep your eyes open around the garden centres, nurseries and home improvement stores for a selection of bulbs available for purchase during June.
Great tips: As bulbs come up, keep them well watered and feed once a fortnight with a general fertilizer.
Herbs and vegetables to plant in June
In frost free areas, June is a good time to plant herbs like.
These vegetable seedlings can be planted out in open soil during June.
- Also look to plant radishes.
Trees, Shrubs and Perennials to plant in June
Plant these shrubs now for some winter colour
Large shrubs and trees to plant in June:
Remember these prefer slightly more acidic soil.
Various Aloes and flowering succulents are widely available this time of year. Why not add a few to your winter garden? They boast warm vibrant colours and attract all sorts of wildlife to the garden.
June is the month for planting trees and shrubs. Remember to dig large planting holes, mix in compost and a handful of bone meal and plenty water after planting.