Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 5-6

July 1 to July 31-- 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 when we hit our stride in the garden with most of our planting done in Zones 5 - 6. If you planted early spring vegetables, now is the time to harvest the peas, Swiss chard, spinach and more. If you didn’t, there’s still plenty to do in the garden and much to look forward to as we transition from spring to summer.


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Carol Michel is a lifelong gardener and resident of Indiana with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture Production from Purdue University.
She regularly writes gardening related topics for Indiana Gardening and on her award-winning garden blog, She is the author of the recently released book Potted & Pruned: Living a Gardening Life.

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1. Harvest early spring crops

1.If you planted early spring crops like peas, spinach, and Swiss chard, harvest them before the heat of summer sets in. Try a few new recipes to enjoy them in new ways.


2. Do some succession planting

2. Think succession planting when it comes to vegetables like green beans and sow a few short rows of beans every few weeks throughout the month. There are numerous varieties to try. Check days to maturity on the packet to determine when you can expect to pick your ripe beans.

  • Bean, Early Bush Italian, , large
  • Bean, Gold Mine, , large
  • Bean, Purple King , , large

3. Watch tomato plants for signs of disease

3. Finding tomato problems early and then determining what the problems are and how to treat them gives you the best chance of beating them.

4. Plant a container garden

4. If you don’t have room for a vegetable garden or feel like it is just too late to start one now, consider growing a few vegetables in containers. Many garden centers will still have vegetable plants for sale that grow well in containers, including several Burpee favorites.

  • Eggplant, Patio Baby Hybrid, , large
  • Tomato, Sweetheart Of The Patio, , large
  • Tomato, Patio Princess Hybrid, , large

5. Fertilize your garden as it grows

5. To keep your garden growing, you should fertlize it regularly, following the instructions on whatever type of fertilize you purchase.