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.
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.
Remember, THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN!
PRIORITIZE THE HARVEST
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.
Remember, THIS IS SUPPOSED TO SAVE YOU MONEY!
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
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)
- potatoes (cure for 2 weeks before storing)
- water and weed
- mulch garden beds
- prune black raspberries
- prune suckers from indeterminate tomatoes
Start Seeds (in Trays)
- fall broccoli, cauliflower, collards, kale
- 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
- cucumber, melons, summer/winter squash
- Herbs: basil, chives, echinacea, lavender, lemon balm, marjoram, peppermint, rosemary, sage, sweet alyssum, thyme
- Cabbage family: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale
- Nightshade family: eggplant, peppers, fall potatoes, tomatoes
- Allium family: leeks (in area reserved for fall cold frame), onions
- sweet potato slips
What’s going on in your garden? I hope you’ll take a break and enjoy it!