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.
Keep the birds happy
Now that the weather is picking up and it’s beginning to get warm, wild 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.
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. With some brilliantly easy-to-use BBQ cleaners 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 weather. We have a fabulous range of gorgeous and practical outdoor furniture to help you utilise your garden, no matter how big or small.
Light up summer nights
So you don’t have to go in after dark and you can hopefully make the most of warmer evenings, decorate your garden with lanterns, candles and fairy lights to keep the party going. Grab a few tasty treats and and a bunch of friends for an evening to remember. With a chimenea or firepit, you can keep things going even longer!
So long, bugs!
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.
The warm winter and wet spring have seen the slug population avoid their usual period of hibernation and instead spend their time breeding, leading to an increased slug count. It’s said there could be up to 500 billion slugs roaming around the UK this year, with the average garden having thousands just waiting to chew their way through our beloved plants. We have a great range of products available to help you protect your plants with slug killers and preventatives to keep you garden looking fabulous.
The warmer winter has brought out all sorts of bugs en masse. For more tips on how to control bugs in the garden this summer, we’ve got some great tips in our dedicated blog.
June Check List
Fruit and veg
- Continue planting out plugs
- Sow winder brassicas
- Protect soft fruit from birds with garden netting
- Thin out seedlings
- Plant out runner beans and outdoor tomatoes
- Check fruit trees and thin out fruit if needed
- Plant perennials
- Prune spring flowering shrubs
- Hoe borders
- Fill gaps in summer bedding
- Take cuttings from dianthus
- Feed roses
- Clip evergreen hedges
- Feed for a real lush, green lawn
- Continue cutting weekly
- Place indoor plants outdoors in warm weather – most will thrive with the threat of frost gone.
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