• June For Gardening is Possible

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    If you haven't put in your garden yet, it's still not too late!  Although most experts recommend May 2-4 as a great time to plant the garden, June is still a great time!  Be sure to plant your garden to not only save

    June is a beautiful and bountiful time in the garden. It is also not too late for gardening! With a few tips, you can get the best harvest ever. Cool season crops are peaking while summer crops are just starting to produce with herbs in full swing.

    What’s Growing in Our Zone 6 Garden Now?

    Most of the lettuce I planted end of April are now ready to harvest with all of my spinach and kale bolting. Cabbage and broccoli heads are forming so harvest is close for them. Be sure to keep consistent moisture to them. Don’t worry about insect damage to the leaves on cabbage and broccoli as long as the heads are forming nicely. A little insect damage will not affect the quality of the head produced.

    The rosemary, sage, chives, savory, oregano, basil, lavender and thyme are filling out nicely. Cilantro, a cool season herb, has bolted. The dill and fennel have nice feathery heads.

    Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squash, and eggplant are growing with flowers on them all. Keep an eye out for cucumber beetles and caterpillars. Just pluck them off and throw into a can of soapy water.

    Strawberries are almost ripe for the picking.

    Now is the time to provide shade for your lettuce and sow bolt resistant varieties like Summer Crisp Magenta, Green Towers and Jericho Romaine, Simpson Elite leaf. You can move your lettuces if in pots to a shadier part of your patio or porch. Shade cloths can be used for those in the garden. You can also plant taller veggies on the south and west side of your lettuces so as they grow, they provide shade to the lettuces.

    gardenBest Time to Harvest

    The best time to harvest almost any vegetable is mornings or right after a rain; this is when they are the crunchiest, fullest and sweetest. Harvest greens in the morning before you go to work and store in the frig for the day. Just don’t store tomatoes in the frig; this ruins the flavor.

    The best time to harvest aromatic herbs like rosemary, thyme and oregano is in the afternoon when the oils are most concentrated. Harvest herbs like parsley, cilantro and dill in the cooler part of the day.

    Watering & Fertilizing Tips

    With the heat coming, it is time to start watering. Keep consistent moisture to your lettuces to keep taste sweet and your lettuce from bolting. When your lettuce does bolt, let it go to flower and seed. The bees and beneficial insects enjoy the flowers and the seeds can easily be saved for fall and next spring planting.

    Fertilize all your fruit bearing veggies when the first flowers appear (right now we have flowers on our cucumber, zucchini, peppers, eggplant and tomatoes). Provide only compost tea or kelp the rest of the season. Too much nitrogen will cause your plants to grow lush foliage with no fruits. Nitrogen stimulates green growth.

    Can I Still Plant a Garden in June? Yes!

    There are many vegetables and herbs that you can still plant right now. Any of the summer vegetables love these temperatures and sun. As a matter of fact, this is the best time to plant cucumbers and zucchini to avoid the vine borer.

    A list of veggies that can be planted in June in the midwest:

    Arugula
    Bush beans
    Beets
    Broccoli
    Broccoli raab
    Brussels sprouts
    Cabbage
    Carrots
    Cauliflower

    Chard
    Collards
    Corn
    Cucumbers
    Eggplant
    Bulbing fennel
    Kale
    Leeks
    Mediterranean herbs (basil, thyme, sage, oregano, rosemary, chives)
    Okra
    Parsnips
    Salsify
    Summer squash
    Sweet potatoes
    Tomatoes
    Turnips
    Watermelons

     

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    1. Oh good I’m not too late! (:

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