“You can’t plant anything in June,” a gardener once told me. Then, I started to do my own research.
(By the way, the USDA has a lot of organic gardening information.)
Well, I’m about to tell you June is better than you might think, and the statement that nothing can be planted in June is not accurate. Starting vegetables in June is possible, and it’s pretty easy to find suggestions about what edible plants can be planted in your area of the country.
I searched a local gardening extension site for “what to plant in June” for Maryland and Washington, DC and found this handy list (link will open a PDF). Now, you might be from somewhere else. I have you covered. You can find your local cooperative extension office and/or use these schedules.
As you may know, I have a lot of space in my garden beds now that my garlic was removed. And I am going to do my best to make lemonade from lemons by planting some foods I love.
The PDF above notes that I can plant the following fruits and vegetables in June:
Pumpkins (until June 10)
Spinach, New Zealand
Cantaloupes until June 15
Cauliflower (okay, it really says July 1, but I love cauliflower)
Pumpkins should have been planted by June 10. I was on vacation so I was not able to meet the deadline. I will either 1) plant them anyway or 2) find some plants at a local nursery. Unfortunately, pumpkin plants are not often available in my area nurseries (I don’t think they are as popular as tomatoes), yet I will try anyway.
Right around the corner in July, you can plant more vegetables in zone 6b/7!
I am so happy to think I can return to my “old friends”–radishes and peas. My peas did not do that well due to bugs. I’m smarter this time around, and happy I get a second chance to apply what I learned about growing peas from seed.
What are fruits and vegetables are you planning to plant in your June or July planting sessions?