June is a fun and busy month for gardeners. It’s a month of planting, watching things grow, and harvesting early spring vegetables. The garden will be a productive and enjoyable place to be for the next several months if we get things set up correctly in June.
Put these gardening tasks on your June to-do list so you can spend more time enjoying your garden instead of dreading seeing it.
Get It Planted
June is the month to plant anything and everything that thrives in warm weather. If you live in a warm climate most garden plants and seeds were planted last month but some climates remain too cold for planting until June.
All danger of frost has passed by now and it’s time to get everything planted. Garden soil should have already been amended and prepared by now and all that’s left to do is get the garden planted.
It’s not too late to amend and prepare soil for planting. Planting the first week in June will still leave plenty of time for plants to mature and produce before frost.
Harvest and Preserve
Cool-season vegetables and spring fruits should be ready to harvest and preserve in June.
Cabbage, broccoli, garlic, radish, spinach, strawberry, blueberry, apricots, gooseberry, and many other vegetables and fruits are in season during June and ready for harvesting. Preserve these items from your garden (or from a local farmer’s market) through canning, freezing, or drying methods so you’ll have plenty of healthy foods to enjoy later in the year.
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Weed and Feed
Remove garden weeds as soon as they emerge with a hoe or by plucking them up. Weeds compete with garden plants for food and water, so remove weeds quickly.
Feed garden plants again at the end of June. A side-dressing of compost or animal manure will keep plenty of nutrients in the soil and enable the plants to continue growing and producing until the end of summer.
Keep newly planted seeds and plants well-watered during this month so they can establish a strong root season system.
You may be interested in reading my other article, How to get rid of weeds with Organic Mulching?
Flowers, food, and pollinators will be filling your garden this month so take time to enjoy them! Create a garden pathway and a seating area. Add a few surprise elements to your garden, like a birdbath, toad house, or a DIY planter from a recycled object.
I am currently working on creating a garden footpath to landscape a section of my garden. There is a dramatic slope at the top, then evens out as you walk down. It’s really fun to create something that you can visually and physically enjoy. Most of all, you will have a sense of achievement at the end of the project!
Gardening is not only about growing food but also about having fun and relaxing while you watch nature at work.