Welcome to Lee’s gardening recommendation for June 2021 written for Fethiye Occasions by native resident and eager gardener, Lee Stevenson (aka An English Gardener in Çalış).
Water Water Water!
Now that the hotter climate is nicely and actually with us, you might assume there’s nothing extra to do than water your vegetation after which water them some extra to get one of the best out of them. Other than watering, you possibly can nonetheless be rising from seed or, when you haven’t acquired the time, from cuttings or small vegetation. I just lately took cuttings from one in every of my dahlia’s that had develop into misplaced beneath a bigger shrub, positioned them in water and inside two weeks there was sufficient root progress to pot on in a small pot (roughly two inches throughout) that might be its house till I resolve the place to plant it out within the backyard. Dahlias may also be grown efficiently in pots.
If you want to have a go at taking cuttings from any shrub, minimize at an angle and take away any decrease leaves. Additionally, it’s a good suggestion to chop the highest off so the slicing can consider producing roots and never leaves. Dip your slicing in water, sprinkle cinnamon powder on the top that’s going into the soil and preserve the soil moist for 2 weeks. It’s also possible to cowl the slicing with a transparent plastic bag to maintain within the moisture. Cuttings that may be rooted in water embrace dahlia’s, tomatoes, ivy and fig, I might recommend altering the water each three days and holding the cuttings out of the total solar.
Edibles that may nonetheless be grown from seed embrace the next; radish(ought to germinate inside 3 days and be giant sufficient to eat inside three weeks), cucumbers -or you should buy seedlings on the markets, beetroot (one seed might have as many as 5 vegetation so that you would possibly must skinny out the weakest trying), lettuce, pea’s, aubergine, squash (pumpkins, courgettes and many others), sweetcorn & winter greens like cabbage, broccoli and carrots.
Flowers that aren’t too late to develop from seed in June embrace marigolds, cosmos, zinnias and sunflowers. Why not have a go at attempting to develop a very tall sunflower, it’s not like we don’t get sufficient solar right here.
In order for you your greens to look a bit extra enticing than simply inexperienced why not strive rising Swiss chard, a really versatile vegetable that is available in many colors. You should utilize the leaves and younger stalks in salads and after they develop bigger, use the leaves as you’d spinach.
Other than watering vegetation, it helps (particularly with hungry vegetation like tomatoes) to feed them no less than each two weeks. As soon as the primary fruits begin to seem, combine plant feed together with your regular watering and you’re going to get extra fruits – or if feeding flowers extra flower buds.
Solar in a flower
There’s extra than simply the traditional ‘yellow’ sunflower that we all know and love – as do the pollinators. There’s all manor of colors and sizes out there and I’ve seen a number of differing kinds rising right here in Fethiye. I actually develop 4 differing kinds, teddy bear mini, your commonplace yellow, harlequin and big pink. Harlequin is my favorite because it produces as many as 40 flower heads of various shades of yellow on one plant. It’s additionally an attraction to the goldfinches as soon as the seeds have set so it not solely helps feed the pollinators but additionally the native birds.
Reuse these plastic bottles
To assist preserve vegetation watered, plastic bottles have extra makes use of than I prompt final month. Use a small drill bit or steel gap punch to make small holes within the backside, or when you want a sprinkler make holes across the center, and repair the bottle high finish to a backyard nicely hose utilizing a jubilee clip to assist preserve it in place. I discover that one-litre bottles are one of the best dimension for this.
It’s also possible to make a small watering machine just like the one proven within the picture by making holes within the high. Another choice is to chop the plastic bottle in half and eradicating the screw high. Fill the highest half with soil on your chosen plant and place a small piece of string to hold into the bottom as proven. The bottom will act as a reservoir with the string drawing up water to maintain the plant from needing to be watered and the roots will ultimately develop in the direction of this.
I hope by now a few of you might be busy harvesting your edibles when you’ve got grown any. You probably have too many of 1 sort why not give them away to your neighbours or associates who will almost definitely offer you one thing in return. A glut of tomatoes isn’t any downside as they will simply be made right into a sauce for freezing and most squashes will preserve for 3 to 4 months offering they’re saved in a cool place.
Should you’re not already, why not strive rising zucchini, or courgette as we all know it. One plant ought to present loads of fruit and may even be skilled to develop upright whether it is hooked up to a pole if there isn’t a lot room for it to unfold.
That’s it for this month, I’l depart you with this humorous.
Do you know a single ant can stay for 4 years?
… I ponder how lengthy a married one lives.
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