Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 5-6

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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We wonder where the time goes when we have so much to do in the garden. June comes up quick. Some people feel like if they didn’t plant vegetables and annual flowers by June, it’s too late. Far from it. There is a lot that can still be planted out in the garden in June.

 

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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, www.maydreamsgardens.com. She is the author of the recently released book Potted & Pruned: Living a Gardening Life.

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1.) Harvest and enjoy spring crops.

1. Harvest and enjoy any spring crops you planted including lettuce, spinach, radishes, Swiss chard, and peas. Now is the time to pick early spring vegetables, even if the rows of them look so pretty you don’t want to ruin them by harvesting them. You want to pick leafy vegetables and pull radishes before they bolt (send up flower stalks). Use these freshly picked vegetables in a variety of salads.

2.) Continue planting summer veggies.

2. Continue planting summer vegetables, either for the first time or to get a later harvest. There is still time in June to grow many vegetables from from seed including green beans and summer squash.

3.) Learn about insect pests and plant diseases.

3. Keep an eye out in the garden for signs of disease or insect damage so you can take quick action. Especially inspect tomato plants frequently. Finding disease and insect problems early and then determining what the problems are and how to treat them gives you the best chance of beating them.

4.) Container flowers and veggies.

4. Fill in blank spots with containers of flowers and vegetables. 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 with your flowers.

5.) Feed, weed and water garden.

5. To keep your garden growing through the summer, feed, weed, and water it as needed. Fertilizing especially can help your vegetables and flowers be the best possible.