posted by: Ryan
Full of lush growth and beautiful flowers, June has always been one of my favorite months of the year. The frenzy of spring is over and it’s time to reap the rewards of all that hard work. One of the best ways to enjoy the quickly changing gardens is to take a daily lap around them.
Taking a quick walk around the garden every day pays off big dividends. It’s the perfect time to pluck a few weeds, kill a few slugs, and pick a few treats. I never leave a walk away without one hand full of weeds and I tend to notice little pests or signs of disease earlier by paying a quick visit. The earlier you catch a problem, the better off you are. It keeps it simple and easy.
During June, you should be spending more time enjoying your harvest and admiring all the beauty of the summer. June garden chores are all about watching and maintaining.
Our gardens are located in a fairly mild climate sitting on the border of 7b and 8a. We have a hot humid summer ahead.
June is about enjoying the garden:
Keep your gardens weeded and watered.
If you don’t stay ahead of the game on weeds, they can get way out of control. A quick pass most days pulling a few weeds in different areas go a very long way. It makes it easy and less like a chore.
June can be polarizing when it comes to rainfall. Some years it’s wet, some years it’s dry. Keep newly planted trees and shrubs well watered especially in times when rain is scarce. Watch out for any younger seedlings while they are getting established as they can dry out quickly. Walter Reeves provides a great guide for understanding how much to water different plants.
Continuing sowing or sow more seeds.
It’s a great idea to sow a row or two of the same vegetable every couple of weeks to create a continuous harvest. Beans, beets, carrots, radishes, kale, and radishes are all wonderful candidates for growing a continuous harvest. I like to use these types of vegetables to fill in any empty areas in our beds or areas where we might have just harvested and cleared out.
The biggest fight we have in our garden is actually what’s hanging over it. The trees all over our property are constantly competing for the best pockets of sun which just happens to be exactly where our gardens grow best. I start trimming my trees in June before the summer heat really hits. You can trim up to ¼ of the canopy back to encourage healthy growth.
Let the summer harvest roll in.
The first of the summer garden harvest starts in June. Tomatoes, beans, and cucumbers start to arrive in June quickly followed by summer squash and okra. Keep okra and squash picked as they ripen. Fully ripe fruits still on the plant will actually slow down flowering which decreases the harvest, so keep picking often.
Mulch your vegetable gardens.
Your trees, shrubs, and flowers aren’t the only plants on the block who like a good mulching. Your veggies love it too. By June, herbs and vegetable plants should be getting some height on them which makes them easier to work around. It’s the perfect time to add a few inches of composted mulch to help feed the soil and hold in moisture. Our gardens always explode with growth after getting a good mulching.
Fertilize your houseplants.
It always seems like no one is happier about the long days and brighter light than our houseplants. Whether indoors or out, these plants are growing quickly. Keep them flourishing by feeding them throughout the summer. Either use a liquid fertilizer weekly or add a slow release fertilizer as the package recommends.
Fight off pests and disease.
Check your gardens for signs of pests and diseases. During the late spring, slugs can run rampant. Try out our diy slug traps to help control them. Check your flowers and veggies for any issues that might be just appearing. Powdery mildew, blackspot, aphids, and all of the leaf munching caterpillars start showing up in June. Catch them early and treat them to knock them out before they become a big problem.