EARLY SUMMER IN THE VEGETABLE GARDEN
Now is the time to plant out the courgettes, marrow and squash previously sown under protection.
Mulch strawberry plants to keep their fruits dry.
Still time to sow basil, coriander, dill, parsley, french & runner beans, florence fennel, lettuce & salad leaves, raddish and kohl rabi.
Hoe, weed and mulch crops, water in sustained dry periods.
Watch out for pests & diseases. Attempt to keep cabbage butterflies off all brassicas by growing them under nets.
Harvest any crops that are ready.
Earth up potatoes as they push through the soil to prevent green potatoes.
Support tomatoes as they grow and pinch out the tiny stems that start to grow in between leaf joints. Feed with high potash feed as the yellow flowers form.
Stop cucumbers after 5 - 6 leaves, keep an eye out for mildew on their leaves.
Pinch out the tops of broad beans when in full flower to prevent black fly. Watch out for that as it soon takes over the crop and weakens the plants.
Remove the flowering shoots from rhubarb.