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This month, the summer solstice officially marks the beginning of summer, and gardeners are finally starting to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Flower borders full of color and open beds full of lush vegetables, June is truly a glorious month.

But if we want our gardens to keep shining this season, now is not the time to sit back. So here are 10 gardening chores you can do right now to keep your green spaces looking their best.

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Most spring flowers have come and gone, leaving gaps in your borders. So if you need a pop of color, then dahlias might be the answer. There are no limits to the choice of colours, shapes and sizes. They are easy to grow and bloom until the first frost. However, if you want a bloom that really captures the season, then nothing says ‘summer’ like a bright sunflower. They can be sown directly into the ground where they will germinate and grow quickly.

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2. Summer bedding

Remaining summer bedding plants should now be hardened off and planted out. If you don’t have space in your flower beds, think about using containers, pots or hanging baskets. Make sure the containers don’t dry out by establishing a regular watering and feeding regime.

3. Cuttings

This is the perfect month to take softwood cuttings of lavender, forsythia and fuchsia. Take 10cm cuttings from the tops of your chosen shrub, make a sharp horizontal cut just under a pair of leaves and remove any lower leaves or buds.

Fill a small pot with sprinkled soil and insert the cuttings parallel to the side of the pot. Spread cuttings evenly, water and place in a greenhouse or warm windowsill.

When your lavender blooms, take cuttings and bring them indoors. Simply bundle, tie and hang somewhere to enjoy its scent. Or consider drying it to make lavender sachets for your drawers and pillows.

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Trees bearing large crops of fruit will drop a certain amount of loot in June. For the rest of the fruit, this means more direct sunlight, improved air circulation, reduced spread of pests and prevents heavy branches from breaking off. All this allows fruits such as apples and pears to develop successfully. So if you come across strewn fruit under your tree, fear not, it’s Mother Nature’s way of helping.

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5. Tomatoes

Whether you’re growing cordon or bush varieties, your plants will take on plenty of growth and panicle. Pinch out the side shoots and make sure your plants are secure and tie in cordon tomatoes. When flowers are on the plant, this is the right time to give your tomatoes a weekly potash fertilization to encourage the fruit to swell. This also applies to peppers, aubergines and chili plants.

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6. Plants

Plants will grow vigorously so make sure they are on stakes and securely tied. Flowers like roses may need feeding. Set up a regular watering regime and keep an eye on the weather reports. Longer dry spells may mean extra watering, especially for containerized plants. Irregular watering can cause certain plants to shoot or dry out and die.

7. Lawn

With warmer days and brighter evenings, your lawn will be the centerpiece of the garden this time of year. To keep it looking good, mow and trim the edges at least once a week. You may want to raise your lawn mower blades to reduce stress on your grass. Try watering the area either first thing in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are not as high and less water evaporates.

8. Pests

Pests and diseases will be the worst, so keep an eye out. If you’ve grown lilies, check the foliage for the dreaded lily beetle and remove and dispose of accordingly. Red mites can show up in greenhouses, so it’s a good idea to muffle paths every day to deter them and keep doors and windows open for adequate ventilation.

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9. Pond life

Summer encourages breeding and growth, which can be a problem for ponds. Wool weed should be removed to allow both fish and plants to breathe. Leave any removed leaves at the edge of the pond overnight. This gives all trapped animals and insects a chance to return to the water.

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10. Autumn planting

It’s hard to imagine, but fall will be here in a few months, so consider sowing some of those fall plants like pansies and polyanthus. Simply sow seeds in a bowl of fine soil, water and lightly cover. Then place them in your greenhouse. Check the tray regularly to ensure germination has occurred and do not allow the seedlings to dry out.

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