This is probably the peak of the Polytunnel year in terms of plant growth and it’s a month when you spend time wandering around, wondering what to pick next! There’s just so much choice. Aside from the peas and just the broad beans, none of the overwintering crops are left, unless a chard, beetroot or pak choi is being saved from seed. Everything else in the Polytunnel is there for the summer season, and June is when some of the most eagerly anticipated crops of the entire year are finally ready for the harvest to being.
One of the keys to good Polytunnel gardening is keeping the next few months in mind even while you enjoy the fruits of today. While cold-hardy winter lettuces are welcomed indeed in cold weather, the more delicate summer lettuce varieties should now be doing really well, and the sheer variety of the salad plants available is amazing. The first courgette. The first cucumber, the first climbing French beans, even the first tomatoes. What a mouth watering list! For anyone who wonders why people get enthusiastic about Polytunnel gardening, the answer is June.
TOP TIP Plants will grow really quickly in June and it’s very important not to let them get too crowded. Moulds and pests will lurk in unseen corners and before you know it, you’ve lost a load of plants and/or have a major problem on your hands. Ventilate the Polytunnel every day without fail, even if it’s raining outside. One of the most difficult things to control in a Polytunnel is the humidity, and ventilation is the key. On the very hot sunny days try to plan any work in the mornings and evenings. On the bad days, enjoy the shelter – Rain certainly won’t stop play!
June Polytunnel Jobs in brief – Water carefully and ventilate well to create a healthy growing environment. Remove any diseased foliage. Pick lots of early summer crops and watch out for pests and diseases.
Originally posted 2011-06-02 13:47:10.