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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’ve had a long, slow spring throughout much of the Midwestern part of the United States. This made it nice for those flowers and vegetables that love cooler weather, but many a gardener was anxious to get planting. Now that June and summer is here, nothing should hold us back!


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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 and enjoy spring crops

1. Harvest and enjoy spring crops including lettuce, spinach, kale, and peas. And if you didn’t plant anything early in the spring, look for these vegetables at your local farmers’ market and make a note to grow some next year. Pick leafy vegetables and pull radishes before they bolt (send up flower stalks). Once they’ve bolted, they are done and should be pulled out and composted. Try some new recipes with your bounty!

2.) Plant your summer vegetables

2. Plant your summer vegetables, either for the first time or to get a later harvest. June is not too late to start growing many vegetables from seed including green beans and summer squash. Sowing a few shorter rows of green beans every few weeks is a great way to extend your harvest.

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3.) Check the garden for signs of disease or insect damage

3. Check vegetables and flowers in the garden for signs of disease or insect damage so you can take quick action. Finding disease and insect problems early and then determining what those problems are and how to treat them gives you the best chance of not losing your garden to those problem.

4.) Fill in blank spots in your garden

4. Fill in blank spots in your garden with containers of flowers and vegetables. Everyone has room for a container or two! And yes, you can grow many vegetables in containers along your flowers. Look for smaller varieties or ones specifically marked as suitable for containers.

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5.) Weed, water, and feed your garden as it grows.

5. Weed, water, and feed your garden as it grows. You want to keep your garden looking its best so spend a little time each day weeding, water when needed, and apply fertilize to give plants their best chance of growing successfully.