As the days get longer and the weather warms up (fingers and toes crossed), June is all about getting out in the garden, making sure it looks great and hopefully, enjoying the sunshine. There’s still some work to be done, though. Join as we rundown some of the most important jobs for the June garden.
Celebrate British Birds
Now that the weather’s picking up and it’s beginning to get warm, our birds need easy access to water. A bird bath is a great way to help them flourish and an excellent way to coax gorgeous birds into your garden. Armed with wild bird accessories, it’s easy to help support the wildlife in your garden and encourage even more birds to come flocking into your little slice of the great outdoors.
Weather permitting, June will be a month of cooking on the BBQ and packing up a picnic to enjoy the most of the great outdoors. Everyone loves a BBQ, but the clean-up definitely doesn’t have as many fans. Working out how to clean a barbecue in the best way is simple with some brilliantly easy-to-use BBQ accessories that have been designed specifically for this grimy job. You’ll power through it all and have your feet up before you know it!
This summer, how about planning a teddy bears’ picnic in the garden for your little ones – all you need is a picnic blanket (or an old table cloth), a few toys and a bit of lunch. Here’s a few teddy bear activity ideas we love:
- Teddy-shaped snacks: All sorts of food can be made into a teddy bear shape; from sandwiches, cakes and biscuits to slices of cucumber, ham and cheese. You can cut them freehand with a knife, but a shaped cookie cutter might be easier (especially if the children want to get involved with the cutting).
- Teddy bear hunt: Hide a few teddy bears around the garden for your little ones to find. Children of all ages will enjoy exploring the garden looking for their hidden toys. Older children might also like to help by hiding the bears for the younger ones to find.
- Best dressed teddy competition: Dress the bears up for the occasion with a small prize or certificate for the ‘best dressed’ bear. Children can choose doll outfits (many are made to fit bears too). As an extra challenge, clothes can be made with newspaper and string.
- Making bear masks: Draw around a plate onto some card, add ears by drawing around a glass or tumbler, and cut out some eye holes. Give them to the kids to decorate and, when they’re done, attach a piece of elastic or some string. Now they can join in with the bears for their very own teddy bears’ picnic!
June is a fantastic time to make the most of your outdoor space, so when all the jobs are done give yourself time to simply sit back and enjoy your surroundings and the great British summer while it lasts. We have a fabulous range of gorgeous and practical outdoor furniture to help you make the most of your garden, no matter how big or small.
Light up summer nights with garden lighting
So you don’t have to go in after dark, decorate your garden with lanterns, candles and garden lights to keep the party going. Grab a few tasty treats and chilled drinks for an evening to remember. With a chimenea or firepit, you can keep things going even longer!
Banish garden pests
The main message of this blog might be to just get out there and enjoy the garden and all the hard work you’ve put in over the last few months, but there are a few jobs you’ll still have to keep on top of to enjoy your garden at its best.
2017 was a nightmare year for an invasion of slugs. The mild winter before and wet spring saw the slug population avoid their usual period of hibernation and instead spent their time breeding, leading to an increased slug count. It’s said there could have been up to 500 billion slugs roaming around the UK last year, with the average garden having thousands just waiting to chew their way through our beloved plants. Unfortunately 2018 is set to be another year filled with slugs, but luckily we have a great range of products available to help you protect your plants with slug killers to keep you garden looking fabulous.
Fruit and veg
- Continue planting out plugs
- Sow winter brassicas
- Protect soft fruit from birds with garden netting
- Plant out runner beans and outdoor tomatoes
- Check fruit trees and thin out fruit if needed to improve size and quality
- Plant perennials
- Prune spring-flowering shrubs
- Hoe borders
- Fill gaps in summer bedding
- Take cuttings from dianthus
- Plant autumn flowering bulbs like cyclamen
- Clip evergreen hedges (always check for nesting birds beforehand, and if you find any wait until the end of August)
- Feed lawns to keep them looking lush and green
- Continue cutting weekly
- Place indoor plants outdoors in warm weather – most will thrive with the threat of frost gone.
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