June 1 to June 30-- Discover what you should be doing right now. Our experts share gardening advice, techniques, news, and ideas to make your garden the best ever.

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June is one of the busiest months of the year for gardeners in cold-climate, short-season growing areas. Days are getting warmer and plants are responding with accelerated growth and blooms. We’re finding new homes for seedlings, dividing perennials; trimming, pruning, weeding, and some of us are already harvesting early crops in the vegetable garden. This is a happy time - June is made for gardening!


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1. The most important element for successful gardening is soil

1. Find out how to create rich, fluffy, nutrient-rich soil for your best garden yet.

2. Fertilizer is food for plants. Many plants benefit from fertilization at planting time as well as throughout the growing season.

2. For optimal growth it’s important to fertilize flowering and fruiting plants throughout the growing season.

3. Short on space? Grow flowers and vegetables in containers

3. You can have a garden anywhere with containers. Learn about all the possibilities.

4. Some vegetables are best planted in June because the soil is warmer

4. Carrot, bean and cucumber seeds germinate best when gardeners wait for warmer soils in June.

  • Carrots
    Direct sow carrot seeds every 2 weeks during the second season and mulch to keep the ground from freezing to pull sweet carrots all winter.
  • Beans
    Burpee bean seeds are perfect for any home garden. Shop snap, sugar, lima and soybeans at Burpee.com.
  • Cucumbers
    Buy and grow cucumber seeds for your home garden from Burpee.com.

5.Fresh herbs are so easy to grow and have the power to bring meals to life

5. These easy-to-grow herbs will add a gourmet touch to any dish.

  • Basil
    Basil is considered the premiere culinary herb and has a marvelous variety of flavors to choose from. The bushy basil plants, especially the purple-leaved types, also look great in the flower garden.
  • Chive
    Buy and grow chive seeds and plants from Burpee.com for a mild onion-garlic flavor.
  • Dill
    Handsome, feathery, blue-green foliage is a favorite flavoring in many dishes and dressings. Seeds can be used for pickling, and the blooms make nice cut flowers.