In the Garden: What to do in June

Summer is finally here and it's time to spend some time in the garden. Here are some ideas for prioritizing what to do in the garden in June to get on track.

Summer is finally here and it’s time to spend some time in the garden. Here are some ideas for prioritizing what to do in the garden in June to get on track.

Last month we spent a lot of time weeding, planting, and harvesting spring crops.

The June Garden

In June, flowers bloom, abundant rains keep everything green and perky, pests are at a minimum, and the harvests are rolling in.

This month, we delight in being outdoors surrounded by beauty and abundance. Here at Tenth Acre Farm, berry harvests come in the form of black raspberries, currants, strawberries, and cherries. We continue to sow seeds and plant seedlings.

Note: I’m in USDA hardiness zone 6a, which may or may not apply to your location.

Gardening in 15 MINUTES A DAY (review)

If you’ve read any of my posts in the “In the Garden” series, you know that I have a 15-minute-a-day garden policy.

That’s because time seems to be the resource we’re all short on, and maintaining the garden can frequently seem overwhelming.

Side Bar: The strawberries are rolling in here. Nine pounds already stashed in the freezer with more on the way. Did you know you can make jam from frozen fruit? I get the fruit in the freezer and save jam-making for the fall, when it starts getting dark outside at 4:00. Making jam is anti-seasonal affective disorder.

strawberry harvest

So, back to the garden and feeling overwhelmed.

Don’t worry, just stick to my 15-minute plan!

Set aside 15 minutes every day for gardening activities. This will keep gardening at the forefront of your mind and maintain it as a priority without requiring you to give up “real life” stuff. Weeding for 7 minutes over morning coffee and harvesting for 8 minutes with your happy hour drink will keep your garden going and make sure the garden continues to be your happy place rather than a source of stress.

Sure, there’s always more that can be done, but busy people need strategies.



Though you might have seedlings to plant, seeds to sow, and weeds to pick, your most important task is to harvest and use what you’ve already grown.


If you’ve got tomatoes and peppers to get in the ground but your herbs are bursting with freshness, pick the herbs. They go for premium pricing in stores and at farmers markets, have nutrition profiles that are off-the-charts, and you have them growing for very little trouble.

Therefore, pick the low maintenance, high value crops. Then figure out how to process and use what you’ve picked. Plus, you can plant your tomatoes until mid-June. No need to panic :)

harvesting cherries

Time to harvest cherries!

Harvest in June

  • Perennials: asparagus, black raspberries, cherries, currants, rhubarb, strawberries
  • Herbs: basil, chives, calendula, chamomile, cilantro, dill, echinacea, fennel, marjoram, oregano, parsley, sage, sunflower sprouts, sweet alyssum
  • Beet family: beets, beet greens, spinach, swiss chard
  • Cabbage family: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, kohlrabi, radish, turnips, turnip greens
  • Alliums: garlic, onions (cure for 2 weeks before storing)
  • lettuce
  • peas
  • potatoes (cure for 2 weeks before storing)

Garden Maintenance

  • water and weed
  • mulch garden beds
  • prune black raspberries
  • prune suckers from indeterminate tomatoes

Start Seeds (in Trays)

  • fall broccoli, cauliflower, collards, kale
  • lettuce

Sow Outside

  • Herbs: basil, calendula, chamomile, cilantro, dill, fennel, nasturtium, oregano, parsley, sunflower, sweet alyssum
  • Legumes: beans, peas
  • Beet family: beets, spinach, swiss chard
  • Cabbage family: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, collards, kale, kohlrabi, radish, rutabaga, turnips
  • carrot
  • corn
  • cucumber, melons, summer/winter squash
  • lettuce
root harvest

root harvest

Plant Outside

  • Herbs: basil, chives, echinacea, lavender, lemon balm, marjoram, peppermint, rosemary, sage, sweet alyssum, thyme
  • Cabbage family: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale
  • celery
  • Nightshade family: eggplant, peppers, fall potatoes, tomatoes
  • Allium family: leeks (in area reserved for fall cold frame), onions
  • lettuce
  • okra
  • sweet potato slips

What’s going on in your garden? I hope you’ll take a break and enjoy it!

Summer is finally here and it's time to spend some time in the garden. Here are some ideas for prioritizing what to do in the garden in June to get on track.

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  1. Beth says

    You make it sound so easy :`) I’ve been testing your advice and heading out to the garden just after I get up. It gives me a tremendous sense of satisfaction to know I’m making progress, albeit slowly. Before I come inside I harvest some little kales and chard along with a few handfuls of herbs. Makes salad prep a snap. Thanks for your suggestions and encouragement.

  2. Ricki @ The Questionable Homesteader says

    9 pounds of strawberries already. Wow, and I’m happy that my plants have given me one. Ok that one was supper yummy, and we are in a colder climate but still. I’m going to have to give your 15 minutes a day a try. Mostly because I love the idea of “happy hour” while harvesting. Although I will have to keep a lid on my drink (I have a dog that likes to stick her muzzle in drinks and have herself a good little taste – with multiple seconds).
    You really do make it sound easy, I’m going to have to start giving you method a try.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • says

      I love my “wine and weeds” happy hour :-) Let me know how it works for you!

      And don’t worry about the strawberries – you should get a nice harvest – or a wild critter will. At my community garden, the 30-foot strawberry bed was full of berries, but we lost them all to an unknown critter. You win some, you lose some!

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