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In the Garden in June

It’s time to check the trunk and bare branches of deciduous shrubs and trees.  You will be looking for damage caused by wind, mechanical tools, insects and fungi.  Prune broken or damaged branches, also those crossing each other.  Signs of sawdust will indicate boring insects. Remove the area if badly damaged or, alternatively, clear the sawdust then plug the hole with a piece of clay earth.  For fungal damage, apply liquid copper fungicide spray.

When walking, you may be attracted by a particular plant, perhaps the pattern on a tree trunk, perhaps a flowering shrub or bulb or perennial.  Take note, you may find a spot in your garden for this plant.

Take note of time of day when you can enjoy sitting in a sunny spot in your garden.

Moss on paths can be very attractive; however it can be very slippery.  Remove with a stiff brush.  A chemical can be applied, however the product can affect plants if it enters soil. Water the area prior to application.

Herbs: Pick leaves of thyme and oregano, dry in a warm room.  Sweet basil is an annual.  Pick leaves, dry and place in a jar, or freeze in ice cubes, the latter can be added to winter soups and casseroles.

Indoor plants: Remove away from heaters, spray leaves regularly to add humidity.  Place cyclamens outside each night in a wind sheltered position, verandah is ideal.  Return indoors before sun on the plant.

The philosopher who said, “A work well done never needs doing again”, evidently never pulled weeds in the garden.  HK

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