Late Spring Planting: Start an Edible Garden in June

Want to start a garden, but think it’s too late in the season? It’s not! Here is a list of plants you can plant in June and still be able to enjoy this growing season. Better late than never!

Lettuces and Cabbage: Arugula, Romaine, Mixed Leaf, Spinach, Bok Choy, Collards

Herbs: Basil, Bay, Chamomile, Cilantro, lemon balm, lavender, mint, rosemary, sage, thyme, parsley, oregano, chives

Legumes: Snap beans, pole beans, edamame, sugar snap peas

Root Veggies: Beets, Carrot, onions, radishes, celery

Squash: pumpkin, butternut squash, zucchini, cucumber

Melon: cantaloupe and watermelon

Nightshades: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and potatoes

And Corn! Poor corn has no veggie family grouping. Its still delicious though!

Tips For Easy Set up

All of the above can still be planted by seed in June. You should aim to get the bigger plants, like nightshades, squash, and corn planted before mid June because they take longer to mature. You can also buy some of these as starter plants from your local farmers’ market or nursery. This is a good idea for tomatoes, they can take up to 90 days to mature depending on the variety and you will want plenty of time to enjoy these bad boys.

If you want to keep it super simple this year you can plant a lettuce and herb garden. You can even do this in containers. Go buy yourself a large pot or two or three, fill it with soil and compost, then get planting. You can even use starter plants for this and it will be a piece of cake to set up.

You will be surprised how easy lettuces and herbs are to grow and you will be so happy you did it. I recommend using large pots or containers and putting a variety of herbs and/or lettuces in one container. The bigger and deeper the container the less you will have to water it.

If you buy small pots for each variety you will be watering every single day. Do you really have time for that? You’re busy, you have a life, take the easy route once in a while. Relax, have a cocktail, and enjoy those fresh herbs and lettuces you planted. You deserve it!

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2 Replies to “Late Spring Planting: Start an Edible Garden in June”

  1. My favorite picture is the neglected seedlings.. lol. I didn’t know I could still plant, thanks so much for the info… I have this weekend carved out for herbs in pots!

    1. I still have to do my potted herbs as well! It can be more of a challenge to grow some of the above plants in June, if it gets super hot they may grow more slowly than usual and need a lot more water. That being said I plant certain things late almost every year and have had lots of success. It’s a gamble I’m always willing to take.

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