Here is our round-up of Earnshaws news, top tips, and ideas for your garden this June!

Spring finally arrived in the UK at the end of May, a little later than usual! With gardeners finally able to get on with maintenance, planting and starting long planned projects, here is our round up of tips and ideas for a busy June in your garden!


JUNE GARDEN CHECKLIST

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Here are some important tasks to undertake this month:
• Clip evergreen hedges. Privet, box and yew, as well as other evergreen hedges, should be clipped while they are in active growth.

• Check for dry soil. Assess your plants daily, particularly fruit trees and shrubs that are still getting established, to see if any need watering.

• Remove scarlet lily beetles. These bright red beetles will eat just about every part of a flower if they can; particularly lilies and fritillaries. Also look out for the brown larvae they leave on the undersides of leaves.

• Thin out fruit tree branches. Although ‘June drop’ means that some fruit will naturally be lost, decongesting the branches of your fruit trees can lead to larger, healthier crops.

• Harvest lavender flower heads. Use the heads from your lavender plants in baking, crafting or to garnish your meals!

• Keep on top of weeding. Avoid the risk of plants having to compete against weeds for water, light and nutrients!

• Prevent wind damage. Continue to thin out clusters of hardy annual plants in order to avoid overcrowding.

• Avoid overcrowding. Provide wooden stakes for tall perennial plants to avoid wind damage.

THE GREAT YORKSHIRE CREATURE COUNT RETURNS!

RETURNS SATURDAY 24TH AND SUNDAY 25TH JUNE

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The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust ‘wildlife census’ returns for a fourth year! They want more gardens, more households and more communities taking part than ever before.

• Spot, count and record – starting with their list of 30 creatures great and small.

• Every single garden could make a difference.

• Your counts will showcase how wildlife-friendly our collective outdoor patches.

Find full details here.


THINGS TO SOW AND GROW IN JUNE

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FRUIT AND VEG

• Pak choi. Perfect for salads, this oriental vegetable can be harvested after 30 days, providing young leaves, or after 45 days for a ‘heart’.

• Broccoli. Late-sprouting varieties of broccoli, such as calabrese, can still be planted now and are best when sown into pots of multipurpose compost. When harvesting, cut the head before the florets begin to open, and the plant should continue to produce new heads.

• Spring onions. This space-saving vegetable can be sown now for harvest in autumn.

• Florence fennel. Begin sowing Florence fennel now for harvest around September.

FLOWERS

• Nasturtiums. These colourful, edible, trumpet-shaped plants are easy to grow and make are a great companion for vegetable crops.

• Coreopsis. June is the last month for growing Coreopsis outdoors, though they are also one of the best plants for containers.

• Candelabra primulas. June is the perfect time to sow new Candelabra primulas seeds and create a vibrant display, as any that had been previously sown will have just finished blooming.

• Bedding plants – there is still time to plant out bedding and create a riot of colour that will last until autumn. Petunias, geraniums, pansies, dahlias and fuscias are reliably colourful favourites. Call into one of our centres for perfect planters, compost and plant food.

SUMMER 2023 – FOLLOW THE HOT TRENDS AT EARNSHAWS

No-mow May is behind us so there are no excuses not to mow the lawn. However, the trend is for a more natural wildflower-filled look to gardens. This trend embraces the restorative properties of natural gardens and time in the outdoors, for both humans and wildlife.

ENHANCE NATURE WITH STUMPARY

“Stumpary”

Stumpary, is one way to bring a natural landscaped look to your garden. If you are stumped for an idea call into Midgley and check out our stumpary displays.


PROVIDE FOR POLLINATORS

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Pollen-rich flowers and bedding, provide vital sources of pollen. You can get a real buzz out of supporting this vital link in our eco system by filling one of our range of planters with colourful bedding.


CREATE LEVELS

Using steps, paths, decking, paving and borders to create different levels within your garden is always on trend. Elevate your garden design with our extensive range of paving and decking.


OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING AND AL FRESCO DINING

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Without doubt outdoor entertaining is one of the hot trends in 2023. A fully fledged outdoor kitchen might be a tad ambitious for more modest gardens, but there are still plenty of tasteful ways to upgrade your garden for a spot of entertaining.

Visit us online or at one of our centres for:
Summer houses and cabins
• Garden bars
Picnic tables, benches and parasols
• Pergolas, and arches
Outdoor heating and firepits


GRAVELS AND MULCHES

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The use of gravels and mulches in garden design continues as a trend in 2023.

Decorative gravels and aggregates drain naturally, providing a softer and more organic feel to outdoor spaces than paving.

Mulching in borders gives a completely different aesthetic to flower beds, preserving moisture and inhibiting weeds.


BESPOKE AND CUSTOM BUILT SOLUTIONS – THE STOCKSMOOR RANGE

Specifying and designing a solution to your own requirements, and unique to your own space, is a trend we created our Stocksmoor Range for!

Our in house bespoke manufacturing facility offers you the freedom to design beautiful and practical bespoke outdoor living solutions tailored to your garden – the only limit is your imagination!

• Home bars
• Animal houses
• Welly Stores
• Garden tidies
• Bespoke planters

And more!


Book of the Month

Garden Design: A Book of Ideas by Heidi Howcroft & Marianne Majerus

Garden Design: A Book of Ideas

by Heidi Howcroft & Marianne Majerus.

Available to buy here.

‘This book will inspire readers to envision what is possible even in the smallest, most improbable spaces’.

– Publishers Weekly


Quote of the Month

“In his garden, every man may be his own artist without apology or explanation.”

– Louise Wilder