What to sow and do in a June kitchen garden

what to sow in june allotment kitchen garden jobs to do

It’s a busy month, with plenty still to sow, and lots to do as plants start to put on stronger summer growth and need more feeding and support. There’s much more to begin harvesting too, including soft fruits.

Now the risk of frost has passed, all the following seeds can be sown outdoors. The more heat-loving plants may benefit from some protection with a cloche, or from being sown in a sheltered, sunny spot.

· Beetroot
· Broccoli & calabrese
· Carrots
· Chard and leaf beet / perpetual spinach
· Chicory
· Courgettes and summer squash
· Cucumbers (outdoor types, last chance)
· Fennel (Florence / vegetable)
· French and runner beans
· Kale
· Kohl rabi
· Lettuce and other salad leaves
· Oriental greens (pak choi, choi sum etc)
· Peas
· Radishes
· Rocket
· Soft herbs (last chance)
· Spinach
· Spring onions
· Swedes
· Sweetcorn (last chance)
· Turnips
· Winter squash and pumpkins (fast-growing types)

There are a few other garden jobs to do in June to make your kitchen garden more productive, including planting out many kinds of seedlings.

Planting out in June

· Brassica seedlings: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale
· Sun-loving plants: aubergines, peppers, tomatillos, outdoor tomatoes
· Cucurbits: courgette, cucumber, pumpkin, summer & winter squash
· Others: beans, celeriac, celery, leeks, sweetcorn

Care of vegetables in June

· Feed aubergines, chillies, sweet peppers and tomatoes regularly with potassium / potash rich food once they start forming fruit
· Pinch out broad bean tops
· Pinch out side shoots of vine tomatoes (cordon / indeterminate types)
· Prune woody herbs after their flowers have died back
· Stop harvesting asparagus at the end of this month
· Tie in peas and beans if they need support

Care of fruit in June

· Net fruit carefully against birds
· Pick all ripe fruit regularly
· Pinch out fig tree shoot tips
· Protect strawberries from dirt and slugs
· Put up moth traps if needed
· Remove unwanted strawberry runners, peg down & propagate the rest
· Stop harvesting rhubarb at the end of this month
· Thin out apple, pear and other tree fruitlets if necessary
· Tie in summer-fruiting raspberry canes, blackberry canes and selected shoots of any wall-trained fruit trees

Other garden jobs in June

· Apply mulch around plants for moisture retention

Jobs to keep on top of in June

· Checking for pests and diseases
· Control slugs and snails
· Earthing up potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes
· Tying in growing plants
· Ventilating greenhouses and cloches
· Watering regularly
· Weeding

If you have a kitchen garden or allotment, what are you thinking about sowing this month? Old favourites or something new?


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