Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

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Sunday 24 June 2012

Things to do in the garden in June

Things I plan on doing in June (sorry this is a bit late!) and with thanks to The Garden Smallholder for her post, which reminded me I needed to finish my post on June gardenening and publish it.

In the veg patch
  • Plant out the spinach plants
  • Plant out the Sunflower plants
  • Plant out the pumpkin plants
  • Plant out the Celeriac plants
  • Clear the last of the old spinach from the raised bed and plant out Kale plants and Purple Sprouting Broccoli - make sure I net it from the birds!
  • If I had any I would be thinning the carrots , as it is I have none so will be re sowing carrot seed - but I would be sowing more now even if I did have some carrots growing.
  • Plant the leek plants into the prepared bed (done)
  • Plant out more pea plants  and pick pods regularly from the existing plants (ongoing)
  • Plant out new salads  (ongoing)
  • Plant out the climbing french bean plants (done) Tie them up the poles as they grow!
  • Earth up the potatos as needed (ongoing)
  • Pinch out the tips on the Broad Beans to stop blackfly as soon as there are pods showing lower down (ongoing)

    In the polytunnel
  • Keep planting more salad seeds, peas and spring onions (ongoing)
  • Keep watering the floor to increase humidity (ongoing)
  • Water tomatos regularly to avoid blossom end rot. (ongoing)
  • Tie in tomato plants as needed and remove the side shoots from cordon varieties. (ongoing)
  • Feed tomatoes several times a week (ongoing)

  • Watch for branch breaking on the fruit trees due to weight of fruit and prop if needed(ongoing)
  • Thin apples if needed (ongoing)
  • Tie up the tayberries
  • Net the red and blackcurrent bushes
  • Sow flower annuals
  • Deadhead roses
  • Weeding - everywhere!

And harvest and enjoy the crops you now have ready :-) I am soon to harvest outdoor early spuds, broad beans, mange tout, salads and courgettes. Pick peas when young and tender to encourage more to form!

With the weather we have had recently lets hope you have something to harvest! - I have no carrots and have only just started eating courgettes and new potatoes from the ones I grew inside the polytunnel. The only salads we have been eating here are, again, from those grown inside the polytunnel. It has been SUCH a poor growing season so far :-( but there is still time to re sow and re plant so if it all looks a bit bare in YOUR garden - don't despair, just sow some more seeds. Maybe try Freecycle for plants, or a local allotment or gardening group may have surplus plants? Or buy from a garden centre but be quick as they seem to have run out of lots of veg plants.

And don't forget to enjoy your garden well as work in it- stop, sit and admire the view sometimes.

Lets hope the rest of June is better for gardening 


  1. I don't have any carrots either, well, I tell a lie because they're doing OK at my allotment, but here in the veg garden...well...they've been slug food since late March and the ones that did survive eventually drowned.

    Ho hum!

  2. Ooopse...! I like your thinking for gardening in this summer. Gardening is my hobby. That's why I like your post much. After all gardening is helpful for the environment as well as it helps to maintain ecological balance. Thanks for sharing. :lol:


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