What's in season: June

Courgette growing in the vegetable garden at Florence Court, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

By the time June arrives, summer is definitely in the air - or at least in the vegetable patch.

Whether you've grown your own or bought your food, this month nature has provided a wide range of different flavours to be enjoyed.

This month we're talking about elderflowers

The elder tree was once believed to have mystical powers, and thought to ward off witches and other evil forces. Today it's better known for its fruit and the delicious wine that can be made from its fruit and leaves.
Get in touch with your foraging side, and head out into the wild. Elder trees are usually found on country lanes and in hedgerows. When picking your berries, it's better to pick them on a dry day and use immediately - or they'll start to smell.

Also in season

Asparagus, broad beans, carrots, courgettes, cucumber, curly lettuce, peas, rhubarb, spinach and strawberries.

Jobs for the garden

When you've finished harvesting this bumper crop, there's no time to sit back and relax - there's still loads to be getting on with.
Build supports for your runner beans from your garden canes, plant your sweetcorn and swede outside, check for blackfly and other pests and of course, keep on top of those pesky weeds.