June Gardening with Big Jims



June marks the arrival of Roses - The Queen of Flowers

As we approach the shortest day of the year we are delighted with the beautiful fragrance of Luculia and reminded that it is now time to plant garlic and prepare the ground for deciduous trees which arrive next month.


The Edible Garden

  • June is the month for planting garlic. Plant on the shortest day and harvest on the longest day of the year. Plant NZ grown garlic and give Elephant garlic a try!
  • Shallots are in store now.
  • Bare root strawberries are still available early in June followed by potted plants.
  • Cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and other crops that are coming ready will benefit from an application of Miracle Gro food now to ensure strong healthy vegetables.
  • Continue to sow Broad Bean seeds.
  • Continue successional plantings of cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, silverbeet for late winter / early spring cropping.
  • Watch out for slugs and snails and put Quash or Baysol slug pellets around as necessary.
  • Spray existing fruit trees with a copper spray and conqueror oil to clean up any overwintering bugs and diseases so that spring growth will come out clean and healthy.



The Flower Garden

  • The first of the new season's roses will appear this month. Remember good soil preparation is the key to healthy roses. Dig in plenty of compost and add a handful of sheep pellets to the planting hole. Choose from our great selection of Bush, climbing, Classic, Austin and standard roses.
  • This is a good month to shift any shrubs or small trees which you think are growing in the wrong place. Prune back first to keep top growth in proportion to the root ball. Firm in well in the new position and stake as necessary.
  • Roses and hydrangeas can be pruned now.
  • There is still time to plant lily bulbs for summer flowers.
  • Plant seedlings of alyssum, pansy, poppy, polyanthus, primula, mini cyclamen, and lobelia.
  • Lift and divide large clumps of summer flowering perennials such as cannas, asters, phlox. Plant smaller fresh new pieces - these will quickly grow into large plants in spring and summer.
  • Protect frost tender plants with frost cloth.