June at a Garden in Maine

Our garden in early June
Our garden in early June

If you live in the Northeast – or in any area considered hardiness zone 5 or 6 – June can be a time of hurry up and wait in the garden. There is a window within weeks of Memorial Day in Maine when you must get most vegetables planted, but it’s difficult to plant sooner or later.  Sooner and you risk a frost, and the later you plant the closer your harvest gets to a fall frost.

Red cabbage, cut arugula, and fresh eggs.
Red cabbage, cut arugula, and fresh eggs.

Once that time has passed, if you have spent it sowing and seeding, there’s a period of watering, fertilizing, and watching the green sprouts grow.  You can plan your garden so that spring crops such as garlic and asparagus are ready early, and if you have a greenhouse you can also start the process much sooner in the spring, but many of the staples of a backyard garden will start to bear fruit in July and August.

Beehive overlooking the garden.
Beehive overlooking the garden.

This is not to say that June isn’t an exciting month a vegetable garden – in fact, it is one of my favorites.  Everything starts to come up and grow like crazy.  It is unbelievable how quickly some plants go from tiny sprout to full sized.   Peas will be ready before the end of the month, and by that time many of our vegetables will be in full blossom.  Since our garden is located directly beside our beehives, I imagine that this bloom will be well received.

Bean sprouts
Bean sprouts

Watching the garden grow and keeping it green and healthy is such a gratifying part of summer.  The wonders of germination never cease, and it is nice to have a few weeks in the month of June to relax – at least a little bit – and enjoy the show.


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