June

June is a month which sees hedgerows burst into life, lush with roses, elderflowers, speedwell and vetch. Take a walk in a green area, near to your house, even if its just in your garden, and you will see a whole plethora of wild plants in bloom, creating a bee and butterfly, food bonanza.

Foxglove

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Young birds from this year's broods will start to make an appearance and young fox cubs will start to venture out of the den. Hedgehogs bring their young out this month, so have a look in your garden after dusk, as you may find a family of 3 or 4 foraging for earthworms and slugs. Whilst looking for hedgehogs, also look skywards, as bats start bringing their young out from the safety of the natal roost and can be seen swooping around the garden at dusk. In your local pond, tadpoles will be making the change to adult frogs and dragonflies and damselflies will be fighting and mating on the marginal vegetation. Some common species of garden birds, such as our familiar blackbird, will be starting its second brood this month, so you may just see young fledglings looking for the odd morsel on your lawn.

Tasks for June

Young European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus).

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  • Provide extra food for hedgehogs: If you have the time, pick up any slugs, from the garden and put them on a plate. Not only is it an organic way of reducing slug numbers but it helps foraging hedgehogs out in dry, summer spells. Never put bread out, as this is terrible for a hedgehog’s digestion. Also provide a shallow saucer of water, if no water source is available in your garden. Check out our video for more tips. 
  • Lift and divide spring bulbs: Do this after your spring bulbs have gone over. If you do choose to do this, try and make sure that the bulb patch has been in the ground for 3+ years. This if good for spreading species such as Wild Garlic, Daffs and Grape Hyacinths. Once you have selected a suitable patch, dig up the bulbs, shake of excess earth and gently separate the smaller bulbs from the larger, main bulb. Replant the smaller bulbs in an area where you would like to see a bit of colour next year, and Bob’s your Uncle!
  • Sew autumn flowers. This can be done straight onto the ground or in pots inside the greenhouse, or outside on the patio or window box
  • Cut your spring meadow, once the plants have stopped flowering
  • Construct a bug hotel (Find out how in our video here)
  • Plant in paving. A lot of us will be actively building in the garden this month. If you are laying a new patio then consider planting annuals in the gaps between the paving stones instead of concrete! This creates a great habitat for our mini beasts and creates a suitable wildlife corridor across your patio! See our choice of paving plants to give you inspiration!
Tadpole

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Paving Plants

Broom, Dead Nettle, Thyme, Chamomile, Maiden Pink, Trailing lobelia, Great Mullen, White Campion, Yarrow, Lady’s Bedstraw, Hawkweed, Common Toadflax, For-get-me-nots, Germander Speedwell

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