What Can You Do With Gardening in June?

June 28, 2012 · 3 comments

Carrot First Carrot of Season from the Vegetable GardenJune can be full of waiting. Waiting for vegetables to be ready. Waiting for the heat to subside.

“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:

Beets
Lima beans
Pumpkins (until June 10)
Carrots
Celery
Corn
Tomatoes
Swiss chard
Soybeans
Spinach, New Zealand
Cantaloupes until June 15
Cauliflower (okay, it really says July 1, but I love cauliflower)
Cucumbers.

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!

Snap beans
Broccoli
Cabbage
Collards
Turnips
Endive
Kale (Love!)
Kohlrabi
Leaf Lettuce
Romaine Lettuce
Mustard
Peas
Radishes

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?

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1 Dustin Canter July 8, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Great post Deb! What do you recommend for someone like myself who would like to try and start an extremely small indoor garden ….. I would like to start with one herb or vegetable that I can place in a simple pot, next to a window sill that faces south (in the northern hemisphere), receives small amounts of sunlight, and can be watered ‘somewhat’ regularly (I travel quite a bit)? I envision myself having a great garden like yours one day, but want to try a single plant that I can eat. If I plant indoors on August 1st, what do you recommend that I grow?

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2 gardening July 9, 2012 at 1:20 am

Thanks! Mint is a trooper and will do well in nearly any condition and can be used in lots of recipes (and to flavor water during a heat wave). Rosemary is another tough cookie; it likes bad soil and being ignored, which is great if you travel a lot! I like to use rosemary in Spanish tortilla and when cooking lamb. I’ve found Greek oregano to be resilient, yet I found I did not use it a whole lot. =-)

Your city is Zone 7 on the USDA hardiness scale. For the August time period you mentioned, they recommend the following vegetables: tomatoes, potatoes, and squash. If you can wait until September 1 — or at least mid-August–you can plant lettuce. I’d probably plant lettuce anyway–if you are okay with not being 100% sure it’ll work.

I will mention each vegetable the planting zone recommends briefly. Tomatoes: These love sun. I am not sure how many hours of sun you get. If it’s just a few hours per day, then I’d buy a seedling (instead of growing from seed) and see how it does. You could grow a potato or two. The upside is that this is a high-calorie crop. The downside is that you will only see the plant–not the potato itself–grow. If you grow potatoes, I recommend getting seed potatoes from Seed Savers. Squash is not a good idea for indoors, because they need loads of room.

Here is info about what you can plant when: http://www.thevegetablegarden.info/resources/planting-schedules/zones-7-8-planting-schedule

In sum, I’d go with mint or rosemary if you won’t be around a lot to water. They are, by far, the most resilient of all the plants I mentioned above. Happy gardening!

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3 Dustin Canter July 9, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I’ll start with mint! Thanks Deb.

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